Community Health Education ’05
Des Moines, Iowa
When it comes to community service, Tyler Weig certainly doesn’t just talk the talk. His passion and commitment have led him on a variety of adventures in his young lifetime, including a bike ride across the country and even an altruistic kidney donation.
Weig is currently the executive director of the South Suburban (Des Moines) YMCA, where he says he is proud to make the Y more than “just a fitness center,” but a place where “we can strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility” – a philosophy that guides not just his professional work, but his personal life as well.
A graduate of the Des Moines Citizens Police Academy and West Des Moines Citizens Fire Academy who currently serves as a member of the Des Moines East and South Chamber of Commerce, Weig has long been committed to making Greater Des Moines and the state of Iowa a better place. He has volunteered extensively with such organizations as Children’s Cancer Connection, the Living History Farms Off-Road Race, and the RAGBRAI Dream Team – a five-month program that provides adult mentors and character-building opportunities for youth who are training to participate in the annual bike ride across the state. As a cyclist and supporter of the American Cancer Society, Weig rode his bicycle across the U.S. for cancer awareness during the summer of 2005, raising $17,500 along the way.
In 2013, Weig donated a kidney to a stranger, setting off a chain of five transplants at Mercy Medical Center – the most ever in the state of Iowa.
A member of ISU’s College of Human Sciences’ Dean’s Advisory Council, Weig is an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.
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