Strums & Strides

7 marathons. 7 continents. All for the healing power of music.

Join Nick Stark (Stukel) on his journey to become the first medical student to run marathons on every continent while raising funds and awareness for Musicians On Call.

About this "Strums & Strides" thing...

Strums & Strides is an initiative Nick Stark (Stukel) founded in 2013. It is a goal as well as a cause. The goal centers around Nick's aim to become the first medical student – and one of the youngest people ever – to run a marathon on all seven continents. The cause he is supporting throughout the process: the healing power of music. 

Why would anyone want to do that?

Who knows. Next question...

But really -- for a couple reasons. First, traveling the world is a great way to gain perspective (and stay sane) during medical school. But, running 26.2 miles in everything from Asia's blazing heat to Antarctica's snow requires a greater purpose...and that is where music comes in. Music is Nick's obsession, and he believes it can play a larger role in healthcare than most people think. The purpose of this journey is to promote the healing power of music by spreading awareness and raising money to improve hospital music programs. 

That sounds cool, but how is it going to happen?

To take the goal of promoting the healing power of music from the abstract to something more tangible, Strums & Strides has partnered with Musicians On Call. This non-profit spends all day, everyday, bringing music to the bedsides of patients across the country (over 600,000 since 1999).  The majority of donations to Strums & Strides goes straight to Musicians On Call, where it helps create new hospital music programs and improve existing ones. 

About Musicians On Call...

It’s no secret that music can help people feel better.  Musicians On Call brings music to the people that need it most – hospital patients.  Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, and they have performed for over 600,000 individuals since 1999.


About Nick...

DONE...With the first one! (Thailand, June 2014)

Hey everyone! For those of you visiting for the first time, welcome to Strums & Strides. If you are checking back in as a supporter, thank you for your continued commitment to support the healing power of music. If you would like a quick intro to the subject of music in medicine, check this out.

I grew up having many passions (ironically, running was definitely not one of them). Most of the time, my interests complimented each other...or I was at least able to pursue them all simultaneously and whole-heartedly. Deciding between pursuing music professionally and going into medicine was another story, though. I bounced around between science and music majors during undergrad, and eventually took some time off to live in Guatemala.  This broad scope of experiences ultimately helped me decide to pursue a career in medicine, which I began at Georgetown University in 2013. Strums & Strides was born out of my determination to keep music as a large focus in my life during medical school (and a love for running I stumbled upon during my first half-marathon in 2011). 

Take a look around the site and see what you think. Spread the word, and share resources if you are able. Welcome along for the ride! 

The Support Team...

Strums & Strides wouldn't be possible without the support of people like you. Thank you to the following for their generous contributions of $100 or more:

Tony Ward Arts: Logo Design

Dennis & Arlene Dobesh*

Dave & Kathy Nicholas*

Doug & Sandy Stukel*

Students of Georgetown School of Medicine*

Bill & Tina Walker*

Shaun Conway*

Ray & Melba Stukel*

Melanie Clark

Jessica Luu

Patrick Malone

Dusten Crichton

Roxanne Morgan

Chad & Nicole Greene*

Dr. Richard Rossi*

Mark & Kim Stukel

Troy & Christi Richardson

Students of Georgetown McDonough School of Business*

Susan Schaffer

*denotes multi-year donor

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