Student fundraises for Haiti

Times Herald-Record Online—Middletown, N.Y.—May 27, 2010

Tuxedo Park School first-grader Matthew Bellaurdo, 6, told his friends he didn't want birthday presents this year.

Instead, he asked them to donate money to the New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery's Haiti Relief Fund. Together, they raised $2,000.

After traveling to Haiti in January to aid victims of the earthquake, orthopedic trauma surgeon David Helfet and a member of his surgical team, nurse practitioner Patricia Donohue, came to the school earlier this month to thank the students for their generosity.

Helfet and Donohue gave the class a poster with photos from their trip to Haiti, talked with them about what their financial contribution did, and answered questions about how they perform their jobs.

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