A quick break in the Israeli/Hezbollah/Hamas mayhem for a Texas Aggie in need:
Mark Musumba, a graduate student in agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, has one wish – to see his dying father one last time, in Uganda. With the help of John Hoyle, professor in the College of Education and Human Development, United Campus Ministry (UCM) in Aggieland, and many others, Mark may just get his wish.
UCM, Aggie Athletes Involved, the Corps of Cadets and other organizations around the community are joining together to plan the Mark Musumba Benefit 5K Walk and Run on July 29 to support Musumba and raise money to help defray his travel expenses to go home and see his father.
“My father sacrificed everything for me to come to the United States for an education,” Musumba said. “I am very close to my family, and I plan to return to Uganda when I complete my graduate work.”
A native of Mutundwe, Uganda, he came to the United States in 2001 to pursue an economics degree at Texas A&M. During his undergraduate career, Mark was an active member of Rudder’s Rangers, Gen. O.R. Simpson Corps Honor Society, and B-1 Company in the corps where he served as scholastic officer. He also tutored students at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Bryan.
“Many of us have grown to know and love Mark since his arrival on campus over 5 years ago,” Hoyle said. “We are encouraging groups and individuals to sponsor runners to help fund the event. “Whether you want to run, walk or watch, your support is much appreciated.”
The benefit run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, at 8 a.m. on the south side of Reed Arena. There is no registration fee, but donations are welcome, Hoyle said. He advised participants to register for the run.
“As a member of his graduate committee, I have had the opportunity to see Mark grow both as a student and a person,” Hoyle said. “He deserves this chance and I will do whatever I can to help get him home.”
For more information on the Mark Musumba Benefit 5K Walk and Run, contact United Campus Ministry at 979-846-1221. To register, e-mail email@example.com. Donation checks can be made payable to:
United Campus Ministry – Mark Musumba
P. O. Box 131
College Station, TX 77841.