Former University of Louisville track star Wesley Korir has set his sights high for his eventual return to Kenya.

Korir, who has achieved national recognition in winning marathons in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, has a goal of becoming President of his native country. He’s a professional runner now, earning six figures annually and sending money home to aid his fellow countrymen.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

“This is a man who has given to humanity more than any man I have ever met,” said Bill Smock, a Louisville physician who led the team of medical professionals who helped Korir get the 10-bed clinic running in July.

In eight days, Smock and his colleagues treated 3,500 people who never had previous access to free medical care, who had been too poor to pay for it. The visiting doctors, medical students and nurses saved the lives of at least six children.

That was just a start. The clinic has been seeing an average of 50 people a day since it opened. Korir has persuaded the University of Louisville, his alma mater, to embark on programs that will bring health care, clean water and education to the Kitale area on a continuing basis.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.