Rafael Genao, who received a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Daemen College, was recognized with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Dedication to the College.
Genao co-founded Daemen’s Students Without Borders (SWOB) organization, which participates in humanitarian medical missions. Since its founding at Daemen, SWOB has provided medical care and clothing donations to nearly 8,000 residents in Prograso Dos and surrounding communities.
For nearly two decades, Genao has joined physician assistant and physical therapy students on SWOB humanitarian medical missions organized by Daemen, Clarkson University, and Lynchburg College. He raises support for the trips through walk-a-thons and other activities.
Genao, a Lynchburg, Va. resident, also founded the MEND Global Foundation and is working to increase the frequency and reach of medical missions to other Caribbean/Latin American countries.