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University of Iowa News Release

July 18, 2005

UI Medical Students Raise $8,000 For Tsunami Relief

Despite hectic spring schedules, students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine class of 2007 baked goodies, created artwork and organized performances, all to raise $8,000 toward tsunami victim relief. 

The total is an accumulation of proceeds from two bake sales, a benefit show at the Englert Theater, an art auction and general donations. All earnings go through Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization.

Heart to Heart International has a range of contacts with various companies around the world, which means the $8,000 raised will be leveraged into even more aid. The organization's Web site notes that for every dollar given, an average of $25 in aid is delivered.

So far, the nonprofit organization has provided about $3 million in medical supplies to people affected by the tsunami in Southeast Asia.

Ashley Sens, chair of the students' fundraising efforts and a third-year UI medical student, said it was a thrilling surprise for the students to see just how much their hard work paid off.

"This event was very new territory for us, so we didn't know what to expect," she commented. "We certainly did not think we would or could raise $8,000. The students and the community were incredibly generous."

Sens said that the second year is especially academically strenuous for medical students at the UI, which made their sacrifices of time and energy even more significant.

"To see so many of our classmates come together to commit to such a time-consuming event makes me realize how committed our class is to accepting our responsibility as student-physicians working to reduce human suffering," she said.

Sens encourages everyone to identify some area of human suffering and work to provide relief. "The success of this event proves that anyone can see a need in their community or the global community and make a difference," she said. "The opportunities are enormous, from the homeless in Iowa City to the genocide in Sudan, all of us can do something positive."

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu; Writer: Whitney Tripp.