Art for Haiti — an evening of music, art, food and Haitian culture — supports health care missions to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Jennifer Towbin, MD, a primary care physician at Rush University Medical Center, was on a humanitarian trip to Haiti with the Global Health Program at Rush when a little girl jumped into her arms. The 7-year-old Haitian had never met the doctor, but the promise of health care prompted an exuberant greeting.
The girl’s family was afraid she might have lymphoma. Through the network of physicians at the Global Health Program at Rush, Towbin got her a biopsy that cleared up any fears. Dr. Towbin’s young patient is without both of her parents and proper schooling, but she has her health.
There are countless similar stories, Towbin says, and it’s partly why she’s so passionate about her work with the program, which made its first trip to Haiti 10 days following an earthquake there in January 2010 that left 316,000 people dead and 1 million without homes.
“Everybody should be able to receive health care. I don’t know why I would be deserving of health care just because I was born in the United States and not in Haiti or the Dominican Republic,” said Towbin, who makes trips along with colleagues from Rush to Haiti every six months. “It’s important to me to provide health care to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to it.”
The Global Health Program at Rush exists in part due to help from fundraising events such as Art for Haiti, an evening of music, art, food and Haitian culture. This year’s event is Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Zhou B. Art Center (1029 W. 35th St., Chicago).
Rush partners with Wetzstein + Hosek Creative to raise funds to support the work in Haiti and the Dominical Republic. Doctors, nurses, students, residents and many others, all primarily from Rush, have been providing medical care to Haiti for 2 ½ years and to the Dominican Republic for more than seven years.
Artwork at Art for Haiti is auctioned and used to raise funds and awareness not only for Haiti but also the Dominical Republic. The proceeds go directly to support medical and community work in Haiti. For more information or to order tickets, please visit http://artforhaitibenefit.org/.