DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Athletics has joined a national fundraising effort titled “Save Haiti Saturday” to aid in the nation’s earthquake recovery efforts. Beginning with Duke’s men’s basketball contest at Clemson on Saturday night (ESPN, 9:00 PM ET), the 15 Duke teams currently in competition will display “Save Haiti Saturday” patches in the upcoming weeks to maintain high awareness for the relief effort in Haiti. Duke teams currently in competition include men’s/women’s basketball, men’s/women’s fencing, men’s/women’s golf, men’s/women’s lacrosse, men’s/women’s swimming & diving, men’s/women’s tennis, men’s/women’s indoor track & field, and wrestling.
Three Duke graduates, including former Duke men’s basketball manager and current Miami Heat Vice President of Basketball Operations Nick Arison (Duke ‘03), along with Jenna Green (Duke ‘08) and Doug Rosenberg (Duke ‘07) spearheaded the “Save Haiti Saturday” initiative.
“Save Haiti Saturday” is primarily an awareness campaign that benefits Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier from the University of Miami. That organization collaborates with Partners in Health (PIH), one of the organizations through which Duke is coordinating its Haitian fundraising relief efforts. Duke alumnus, Dr. Paul Farmer, founded PIH and currently serves as the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti.
Recently, PIH referred a six-year-old girl with head trauma from falling debris to Project Medishare. She was flown back to Miami with Project Medishare doctors on Monday for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
Several business, teams and individuals from the entertainment and sports industry have lent their names – and social networking and resource support -- to the effort, including the Miami Heat, Alonzo Mourning, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Ryan Seacrest and Lenny Kravitz. Former Blue Devils Chris Duhon, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy also are involved with the initiative.
"In addition to the significant acute medical needs resulting from the earthquake, the very dangerous medical challenges associated with such things as cholera, tetanus and a variety of infectious diseases, may soon emerge and could present an enormous threat to the people there," said Victor J. Dzau, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO, Duke University Health System. "With the challenges on the ground at this point, the best way to help is to provide generous donations to organizations like these that are in Haiti and are making an impact."
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