Andean Health ND’84 Reunion Party!

The ND Class of ’84 is amazing! Since AHD’s founding in 1997, our class has supported Andean Health & Development’s life-changing work in Ecuador with over $5.5 million in financial support.

Join us in celebrating our accomplishments during this year’s 40th class reunion.

Friday, May 31, 2024
2:30 – 4:30pm

At the home of Tim & Julie Van Kirk
1240 Duey St., Unit 43
South Bend, IN 46617
(near the hockey arena and Fairfield Inn)

3:30pm presentation by Dr. David Gaus (ND’84)

All classes, spouses and friends welcome.

RSVP by May 17

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The journey began a few nights before graduation 40 years ago with a midnight trip to Father Hesburgh’s office.

That heartfelt conversation between Fr. Ted and David Gaus ultimately led to founding Andean Health & Development in 1997. Over the past 27 years, AHD has grown and expanded in remarkable ways, serving the needs of the poor and vulnerable, by providing top-notch health care to over 15,000 patients per year and setting the standard for rural medicine in developing Latin America.

Today, AHD operates two state-of-the-art teaching hospitals, a medical residency program, a paperless medical records system, a system of public-private partnerships, and a research institute, all in Ecuador and staffed by Ecuadorians to serve the poorest of their rural poor.

Together, we’ve improved lives. Let’s toast to that! We hope to see you.

Hosted by Tim & Julie Van Kirk (ND’84), along with
John Burchett (ND’84)
Rachel Allen English (ND’84)
Alan Gianotti (ND’84)
Al Harding (ND’84)
Phil Kalamaros (ND’84)
Laurie Giunti McKeon (ND’84)
Mark Rolfes (ND’84)
Mary Schmid Runger (ND’84)
John Runger (ND’84)
Maureen Hesburgh Ryan (ND’84)
Dennis Ryan (ND’84)
Jenny Grantham Stein (ND’84)
Mike Stephan (ND’84)
Donna Ruiz Urbain (ND’84)
Sue Campilii Willis (ND’86)
The Hesburgh’s Heroes ND Student Club


Spring News 2024

55-year-old Marta has chronic kidney disease related to diabetes and hypertension. She has received hemodialysis a few times a week for the past year but missed a week of dialysis. Short of breath, she went to one of Ecuador’s public health centers outside of the small, coastal town of Quevedo.

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