Students Raise Money for Haiti Earthquake

By Jeff Malet, Writer/Photographer

POMONA, Calif. - 03/17/2010 -- Western University of Health Sciences students remembered one of their own by raising more than $1,200 during their lunchtime in March 2010.

Daniel Kloos, who had been accepted to join the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) this August as a member of the class of 2014, was killed in the Jan. 23 earthquake that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. He was visiting his sister, a volunteer at a Haitian orphanage, when the quake struck.

Haiti Soccer Fundraiser SlideshowThe Armenian Student Association (ASA) club and students from the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Allied Health Professions' Department of Physical Therapy Education, the College of Graduate Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Optometry and COMP helped organize the soccer (futsal) tournament and lunch sales to donate to a Haitian orphanage in honor of Daniel Kloos' family.

The College of Optometry, College of Graduate Nursing and COMP students played on teams in the tournament in Daniel's honor at a local park's outdoor basketball court adjacent to the University. Futsal is soccer that is played with a smaller, less bouncy ball on a cement field.

All the proceeds from the tournament and lunch fundraiser were donated in the family's name to the organization Nos Petit Frères et S¿urs (NPFS), "Our Little Brothers and Sisters" Orphanage.

"I was very proud to see the class support and efforts made to rally the cause honoring the memory of a student of another college," said Sue Lee, MSN-E 2013 class president. "There is a real sense of family and support here at this University interprofessionally."


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