Mike Heisler’s Everest Ride

The idea of Riding Everest is a new type of challenge in the cycling world. The summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest peak in the world, stands at 29,029’. Riding Everest requires one cyclist to cover one climb as many times as it takes to achieve 29,029 feet of climbing in one time period. Rest is permitted, but sleeping is not. The cyclist must complete all ascents and descents. Mike Heisler will attempt this in July! Learn about Mike’s admirable campaign for AHD by clicking here.

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The Andean Health Cycling Team’s 2020 Ride

The AHD annual bike ride started in 2012 when Mike Heisler, former Chair of AHD’s Board, biked 630 miles in 6 days to raise $63K. Against all odds, he completed his ride from Sioux Falls to South Bend when he carried his bike into Fr. Hesburgh’s office at Notre Dame.

The 2020 ride will be in Northern New Mexico, including Santa Fe and Taos, September 20-25.

Funds raised for the 2020 and 2021 bike rides will support the expansion of AHD’s Physician Residency Program. Only 15% of doctors in Ecuador have residency training, and the vast majority of these physicians live and work in the major cities. AHD has trained 75 Ecuadorian doctors in rural Family Medicine through a rigorous, 3-year residency program in partnership with the Catholic University of Ecuador. Residents learn from a wide variety of services available at the hospital, including maternal care, which is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities. If we raise $630,000 over two years, we reach $3 million in AHCT’s 10-year history!

Recognizing that this is a challenging time for everyone including AHD, we remain committed to the 2020 ride at this point and provide this as informational-only and as a reminder that together, we will get through this difficult time and hopefully celebrate together in September.

We are working with Trek Travel again this year to accommodate our large group. Please sign up by June 30 (extended deadline). We completely understand that it is an uncertain time to be booking travel. Trek will provide 100% refunds for canceled trips until 60 days before the travel date. Read Trek’s cancellation policy here.

4-Day Ride: $1,999
6-Day Ride: $3,499
The prices above do not include airfare and the hotel the night of arrival. Space is limited.

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Support the Riders with a Gift to AHD

View AHCT Fundraising Brochure

Contact laura.brown@andeanhealth.org with questions.

Happy Training!


Summer 2020 News

From the Field

As in the U.S., life has changed considerably in Ecuador since the Coronavirus pandemic hit. In this newsletter, we hope to give you a better idea of what has happened here, tell some patient stories to illustrate the challenges, and explain our response as a regional health care provider within the broader Ecuadorian context.

While watching events unfold in the U.S., we are struck by both the similarities and the differences in the political, medical, and the community’s response to the pandemic between these two countries.


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