ACU honors Parents of the Year Dr. David and Laurie Vanderpool

Posted September 14, 2010

Abilene Christian University will honor Dr. David M. ('82) and Laurie (Stallings '81) Vanderpool with the Parents of the Year Award during chapel Friday, Sept. 17. David M. and Laurie of Brentwood, Tenn., are both graduates from ACU and were nominated by their son David S. Vanderpool ('10).

"My parents' striving to represent their faith throughout the world has instilled in me a missional mindset, encouraging me to fully devote my life to the Lord," says David S. "If not for their lifestyle to emulate, I doubt I would have such a servant's heart."

In 2005, the Vanderpool family founded Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, a non-profit organization that has built and sustained hospitals and medical clinics in 15 countries around the world. In these countries, MMDR provides medicines and other medical equipment to their clinics and hospitals, along with the funds for further medical projects. The organization also creates and runs micro-economic packages to help support the local communities they aid.

After the recent disaster in Haiti, the Vanderpool family was on the scene almost immediately, setting up four clinics to distribute tetanus vaccinations and provide artificial limbs for amputees.

David M. is a member of the American Society of General Surgeons. He graduated from ACU with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1982 and received his medical degree from the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1987.

Laurie directs missions to Mozambique, Honduras and Haiti, and serves as a member of the ACU Alumni Advisory Board. She graduated from ACU with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1981.

The Vanderpool family has been nominated to receive the People Magazine Reader Hero Award. Vote for them at Visit the Mobile Medical Disaster Relief website to learn more about the effort.

A reception for the Vanderpools will be held after Friday chapel in the Living Room of the McGlothlin Campus Center.