Six Iowa Lakes nursing students will be traveling to Part Au Prince, Haiti, in conjunction with Dr. Rick Wilkerson’s LOVE Takes Root orphanage project. In June, following graduation, these emerging professionals will assist with documenting medical histories and assessments for the children living in the orphanage.
Several Iowa Lakes nursing alumni and community members have assisted the students with their philanthropic endeavor. Donations to assist them with travel costs are tax deductible.
Travis Grimm, formerly of Battle Creek, Mich., currently a Spencer resident has worked nine years as a CNA in Michigan, California and Davenport. He didn’t hesitate to volunteer for this opportunity to help others and make a difference.
“After hearing about LOVE Takes Root, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help people who daily struggle for survival,” Grimm states. “I am looking forward to teaching and delivering healthcare needs to the Haitians so they can become self -sufficient in implementing the basic medical skills needed to live healthy lives and survive.”
A second student, Wai Li, was born and raised in Hong Kong. His family immigrated to California in 1990 when he was 14 years old. Li has worked as Emergency Medical Technician and eventually a paramedic in the southern California area. He and his wife, Nichole, moved to Emmetsburg in 2006 in anticipation of the birth of their son, Chase. The Lis are veterans of the recent Iraqi war. Li spent 12 months as a Medical Supply Specialist and also a Combat Lifesaver in 2003.
“Traveling to Haiti is one more way I can make a difference in someone's life. Especially for the ones who are less fortunate and are in need of much needed help.” Li goes on to say, “I simply just want to lend a hand.”
Other students committed to the mission include Anthony Bangura, Minneapolis; Bryan Gitenya, St. Paul; Briana Green, Granada, Minn.; and Lauren Johnson, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Anyone wishing to financially assist the students cover travel costs may send contributions to the Iowa Lakes Community College Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, 19 South 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334.