By Jennifer Browning
When 17-year-old Dylan d’Adesky, a senior at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay, Fla., heard about the earthquake in Haiti, he decided to do more than talk about the what happened to the tiny Caribbean country on January 12. He started a nonprofit, “Help Heal Haiti.”
Dylan joined by his three siblings, Karlyn 15, Taryn, 14, and Tristan 13 and a network of extended family and friends began selling “Hope For Haiti” bracelets for $1 and T-shirts for $5. Many who purchased the items would donate additional funds to support Dylan’s cause.
The teens sold wristbands to friends, at soccer games and at their school. Dylan’s aunt Karine d’Adesky Paris, also helped with selling wristbands to her friends and family in Haiti as well.
Through the project, the students raised $2000 for Project Medishare’s continuing efforts to improve the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti.
“It was something I felt I had to do,” Dylan said, “and it turned out to be something great.”