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Diny’s journey takes ‘down under’ detour

Jan. 9, 2020

Greenleaf college student pursues charity, adventure

By Ed Byrne

The Brillion News

DE PERE - St. Norbert College student Sam Diny, a Wrightstown High School graduate, has been moving faster than a Tasmanian devil lately.

Where many college students stick to the “sleep-eat-go to class-eat-study-sleep again” routine, Diny’s pursuit of an education as been the opposite kind of experience. His routine has been spiced up.

Over Christmas break, he spent a week as a volunteer in a Memphis hospital for children, for the second year in a row. He returned home in time for Christmas, and just in time to pack up for a second semester studying in Australia.

First, the Memphis experience.

St. Norbert College encourages students to get out of their comfort zones and immerse themselves in living out the Gospel’s call. Over Christmas break, students have a dozen opportunities for missionary work.

Diny chose to go with nine other SNC students to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

“You deal hands-on with the children and their families and what they have to go through every day in a hospital,” Diny said.

The families and children were from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, but with one thing in common: trying to save a child from a deadly disease.

Many of the kids at Le Bonheur are there for extended periods of time, and many are patients at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The group of college students are much like respite care providers – giving parents of hospitalized children time to get away from the hospital and take a deep breath.

Please see the complete story in the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of The Brillion News.



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