Students Helping Haiti

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Tallahassee, Fl---12/12/11

If you're studying to be in the health care field, you most likely want to help people. One group of students certainly does. They are members of the Tallahassee Haiti Medical Team and Tuesday, they'll be going to Haiti to provide people there with medical supplies and treatment they otherwise wouldn't have.

"Oh man, these people there receive us with like open arms. I think it was the second day we opened the clinic. There were about 150 people waiting outside and they had been waiting for almost three hours. Some people walked almost half a day just to get to our clinic," said FSU medical student and TCC professor Calvin Gilbert.

Gilbert has made the trip before.

"I mean everyone that's gone on a Haiti trip has come back different. It's almost like a life-changer," said Gilbert.

Gilbert and many of the others who have traveled to the tiny island nation say the experience is an eye-opener.

"Everyone should just realize that not everyone has the life they have in the United States. We are very privileged, said group member Vince Dewar.

The students will be in Haiti for 10 days. They'll be treating the sick with medications donated by Big Bend hospitals and doctors' offices.

The Tallahassee Haiti Medical Team was founded in 2010 after Haiti's infamous magnitude seven earthquake. The group is raising money to build a Medical Teaching Center in Dumay.

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