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Pooling Their Resources

Story posted January 26, 2007

Members of Bowdoin's swimming team spent a week of their winter break in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, basking in the glow of gratitude.

A man called Pepe helps with 2,000 lbs. of clothing and other goods.

Along with their swimsuits, they brought 2,000 pounds of clothing, toys, blankets and other goods to young cancer patients staying at a home operated by the Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer (AMANC).

"It was pretty special," says Katie Chapman '07, "to pile bags, thirteen of which said Bowdoin on them, in the house courtyard and hear the exclamations of 'So much! Where will we put it all?!' — knowing that the contents of those bags would be put to great use."

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Suzanne Plant '07 (far left) and Katie Chapman '07 (far right) with children at the AMANC house

The team's training trip to La Loma Center proved to be an exercise in leadership. "The head coach at La Loma is now going to ask every team that comes there to bring things to donate," says Suzanne Plant '07. "So I feel like my little bit of initiative will have a lasting impact on the area."

Read more about the team's experiences in The Bowdoin Orient.

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