Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Message from the President of the CAP Foundation regarding the Haiti Relief Effort

Dr. Jennifer Hunt ask me to publish the following open letter to pathologist colleagues regarding the College of American Pathologists Foundation Haiti Relief Effort. I urge readers to participate in this important initiative:

Dear Colleagues,

All of us are reading and watching the devastating news and seeing the wrenching pictures from Haiti in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake earlier this week. As a physician, I read the news and looked at the images with grief, with shock, and with a strong desire to reach out to the struggling people, injured and terrified. But, as a pathologist, I also realize that there is little I would be qualified to do in Haiti today, besides comfort those who are alive and have suffered loss and provide rudimentary first aid.

The CAP Foundation does have a way that you can help Haiti in this hour of need.

Our Humanitarian Grant program has sponsored several pathologists who have done wonderful laboratory outreach work in Haiti in the past. We are working with these pathologist-humanitarians to identify the areas where the CAP Foundation can help Haiti with short-term immediate support and the longer term struggles ahead. I urge you to join me in donating to the CAP Foundation, where pathologists will be part of providing laboratory services, humanitarian efforts, and medical aid during Haiti's moment of crisis and beyond.

I know that each and every one of you would go to Haiti, comfort the survivors, give medical care, and help laboratories cope with the medical situation. And, if you are a pathologist who is planning to join an established relief mission to Haiti, please contact the CAP Foundation and tell us your story. But, we are also acutely aware that there will be incredible needs, short and long term, that will require funding, supplies, and equipment, for health care and laboratory services. By donating to the CAP Foundation Haiti Relief Effort, pathologists can contribute what is needed most, when it is needed most, to provide these desperately needed services.

To help the CAP foundation provide support to the impoverished nation of Haiti, use this link and donate today.


Jennifer Hunt, MD, MEd, FCAP
Interim President
CAP Foundation

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