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DENVER, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Team Zaryen, Port-au-Prince’s amputee soccer team, will tour the United States this fall, running soccer clinics for wounded members of the U.S. military and focusing attention on the great strides being made by those with disabilities in Haiti.

The tour will be co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare, who co-founded “Healing Haiti’s Children” – a program that has made prosthetics available to every child who lost a limb in last year’s earthquake in Port-au-Prince. All of the players on Team Zaryen have received prosthetics courtesy of this program. The earthquake in Haiti last year left thousands of amputees in its wake – many of them children and young adults.

The team and its U.S. tour are some of many positive results to have come from the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program. The program makes a multi-year course of prosthetic care and physical therapy available to every child who lost a limb as a result of the earthquake. Included in the rehabilitation is the “Return to Sport” program where Team Zaryen coaches children and youth in this fast-paced sport so that they too can enjoy the fun and excitement of sport and learn to lead normal lives.

The Knights of Columbus have committed more than $1 million to the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program through Project Medishare, which runs the premier hospital for amputees in Haiti.

“The Knights of Columbus is honored to be able to be able to help transform the lives of children and young people in Haiti and to bring healing and hope to some of the neediest people in our hemisphere,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We are very happy to have the members of Team Zaryen, who have overcome so much, with us at our convention.”

“Following the earthquake, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the people of the United States, much of it coordinated by America’s armed forces,” said Dr. Bob Gailey, director of rehabilitation services for Project Medishare. “Team Zaryen is now looking to return the favor by running clinics for wounded American service members this fall in the United States, and we are honored to be working together with the Knights of Columbus to assist these young people in Haiti and to be providing these clinics for the U.S. military.”

A key reason for forming the soccer team was to change attitudes in Haiti and to help remove the negative stigma associated with being an amputee in Haitian society. The members of Team Zaryen believe their example will prove to the youth of their nation that despite any handicap, there are no limits to what an individual, a team, or a nation can achieve.

Project Medishare for Haiti was founded in 1994 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier when they assembled the first team of faculty from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Nursing to assess the health status of Haitians and explore ways of rebuilding their healthcare infrastructure in a long term and meaningful way.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, with more than 1.8 million members around the world. Last year they donated more than $154 million to charity and donated more than 70 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.

Representatives from Team Zaryen with Jason Miller & Dr. Bob Gailey, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Project Medishare, at the Knights of Columbus 129th annual Supreme Convention in Denver, CO.

Special thanks to Perry Ellis for outfitting Team Zaryen for the US tour!

This article can be found on the PRNewswire by clicking here!

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This great documentary on Project Medishare premiered on Plum TV this past weekend. In case you missed it, take a few minutes to watch the video below.

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This past weekend a group of Haitian Americans visited Haiti with Project Medishare. The group consisted of wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, Pierre Garçon, recording artist Phyllisia Ross & DJ Griot. During their stay, the group toured Project Medishare’s facilities in the Central Plateau as well as the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port–au-Prince.

The group was able to see the Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Mirebalias, the Akamil Production Facility and the Community Health Program in Thomonde as well as the Community Health Program, Maternal Health Center and staff residence in Marmont.

This was only Garçon’s second time returning to Haiti since the earthquake. After the trip, Garçon said that “the work that Project Medishare is doing in Haiti is inspiring. Witnessing it firsthand just proves how critical it is that they are able to continue performing their lifesaving work.”

The group was also able to spend a day at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince. “I was very impressed and touched by the care the babies in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit were receiving. We were able to see premature twins arrive in the NICU just as we were walking in,” Ross said. “Haiti is a beautiful country filled with the most resilient people. It is truly heartwarming to know that the most deserving people are able to receive advanced health care because of the Project Medishare staff and volunteers.” Hospital Bernard Mevs houses the only Pediatric neo-natal ICU in Haiti.

Below are a couple of pictures that were taken during their trip.

DJ Griot, Marie, NFL Star Pierre Garçon, Medishare's Wilfrid Macena & Singer Phyllisia Ross

Singer Phyllisia Ross with a baby from the NICU at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

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By Jennifer Browning

In case you missed it Friday evening, here is the video clip from CBS Evening News. News anchor, Katie Couric, visited Project Medishare’s field hospital in Port-au-Prince a few weeks ago. Here is the story she did regarding Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.

If you can’t view the video above you may find it here.

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By Jennifer Browning

This Sunday young musicians from the Piano Preparatory Program will perform jazz, pop and Latin music in Coconut Grove at South Florida’s premier piano restaurant and lounge.

Between 5-7 p.m. there will be 2 for 1 drinks and appetizers at Crazy Pianos.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute field hospital in Haiti.

For more information contact: Piano Preparatory Program at 786-853-4041 or email keyboardforkids@miami.edu.

Crazy Pianos is located at 3015 Grand Avenue, Miami FL 33133/ http://www.crazypianosmiami.com/ 305-567-2462.

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By Jane Hays Boehm, RN

Project Medishare was accepting my Registered Nurse skills and all I had to do is arrive at Miami Airport 4 a.m. on a Saturday. Three of my friends were with me so it began like a vacation adventure.  Glasses of wine, good food, laughing comparing our malaria meds, nets and boots. It wasn’t until we flew low over the devastation of the earthquake – ravaged country that the serious mission of our trip descended and quieted our beings.

The crush of humanity at the Port-au-Prince Airport, the smell of charcoal fires mingled with garbage, the increase in humidity and the intensity of the sun beating down as we were transported in open trucks down bumpy roads, brought us a new reality which we would share and work in for the next week.

On arrival at the Project Medishare field hospital, which consisted of a collection of some very large tents, 200 feet from the airport runway, we received our army cot, badge and job assignment. We were given the rules and briefly informed of the food (MREs), water and safety requirements for the week and a tour which included a neonate unit (the only one in Haiti) Operating Rooms (24/7 availability) and a triage area treating hundreds of patients a day.  There was also a large medical/surgical tent full of patients lying inches apart on army cots 12” from the ground, a wound care tent for the constant daily dressings and a pediatric tent which also housed the ICU, Neonate unit, Operating Room, Pharmacy and Laboratory which I had volunteered to work in, with a Pathologist Charley.

The Lab, astounded me in its ability to function despite numerous interruptions by orphaned babies needing to be held or ride in our chair, Doctors, nurses and helpers amazed at seeing the clinical findings of malaria, tuberculosis, sickle cell and parasitic diseases under a microscope and just the business of our hospital. We were able to produce ABGs, CBCs, BMPs, HIV, pregnancy results and type blood within an hour except when the machines overheated and had to spend time cooling in the freezer. The fact that there was electric outlets and refrigeration (blood transfusion ability) made us a popular spot for the laptop and cell phone crowd.

Amid the sounds of crying babies, jets and helicopters ebbing and flowing around us, the noise level would rise with excitement as food was distributed twice a day to patients and the Haitian workers. The sounds of singing to God would quiet us as more and more voices were added and a visiting Pastor would hold a service in Creole.

The daily stories that formed this patchwork of humanity into a family of unforgettable memories, was effecting every one of us, from the smiling supply tent old guys to the first time young volunteers who at first appeared dazed but quickly evolved into the sought after know it alls. The story of the mother found under the rubble after four days with her two baby girls still alive in her arms, the babies left in dumpsters only to be loved by rescuers and adopted by families with open arms and hearts, the constant influx of paraplegics stoic and uncomplaining, just happy it seemed to be alive. The mother who was separated from her family for 5 weeks then reunited thanks to tireless efforts by social workers.  The dead being taken out in the moonlight with workers in white gowns, the isolation tents with active tuberculosis patients, the army personal with there guns almost reaching the ground helping any way they can, and back to do it day after day with order and respectfulness.

This is what my first disaster nursing relief trip showed me, that no matter who we are and where we come from, we have a uniting human ability to want to alleviate peoples pain and will go to almost any end to do so. To the planners, the donors, the organizers, and the people that appear from all corners of the earth to help, thank you for your response and I am so grateful to have joined you in such worthy cause.

* Jane Hays Boehm, RN has been an ICU nurse for 27 years. She volunteered at Project Medishare’s field hospital between March 6-13.

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