BUILD TAMU honoring Bonfire victims through mobile medical clinics

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 2:55 PM CDT
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BUILD, a Texas A&M student organization, is honoring victims of the 1999 bonfire collapse and helping people thousands of miles away at the same time.

Jerry Ebanks lights up when he talks about his son.

"He was just a remarkable kid. People who knew him never forgot him. They loved him from the moment they met him."

Michael Ebanks was killed when the stack fell at 2:42 a.m. November 18th, 1999.

"He hadn't even been on campus three months when the bonfire collapsed."

His father says he died doing what he loved.

"That was just his badge. It was everything to get out here and work on bonfire."

BUILD 2016 is honoring Michael's life, and the eleven other lives lost that day.

Jerry says, "We're just extremely honored."

The student group is building mobile medical units and naming each one after each victim. Michael's will be dedicated to him this year.

Mackenzie Rogers is the CFO of BUILD. She says, "We take 40 foot shipping containers and transform them into mobile medical clinics."

BUILD CEO Michael Wang says, "In 2016, we're finishing our final four and we're sending them to Bolivia, Cambodia, he Dominican Republic and Moldova in Europe."

They partner with Medical Bridges in Houston to set them up in remote areas, where people don't have easy access to healthcare.

Rogers says, "We build our shipping containers, outift them with plumbing, electricity, laminate flooring, cabinets. Then we ship it to medical bridges and for a small fee, they stock our clinics with about 90-thousand dollars worth of medical equipment."

BUILD COO Marshall Grey says, "It's the biggest accomplishment of my life."

There are 8 already in use all over the world.

Rogers says, "One of the first clinics we sent to Honduras. It served over 700 people the first week."

So many lives saved, in the name of lives lost. Jerry couldn't be prouder.

"Maybe that's the way he's reaching more of his potential.">

Each mobile medical unit costs around $25,000. The group fund raises throughout the year to pay for them. You can help by donating your time or money. More information can be found at