Gosder Cherilus Giving Back To Haiti
Feb. 2, 2010
Former Boston College football standout Gosder Cherilus, a native of Haiti whose family moved to Somerville when he was a teenager, is currently working to assist in the relief efforts needed due to the deadly earthquake that struck January 12.
Cherilus, who played at BC from 2004-07 and served as a captain as a senior, has donated $200,000 so far to the relief effort. He, along with members of the Gosder Cherilus Foundation, assembled a relief group and a team of doctors to send to Haiti. The group landed in the ravaged country on January 23 with supplies that they gave to a hospital near the city of Delmas, which is right outside the capital of Port-au-Prince.
The relief team returned on January 27 and delivered four babies while providing care for many others, but Cherilus is still hard at work.
Cherilus came across the plight of a boy named Walres Douce, who was in desperate need of medical attention. Cherilus tried to get Douce an airlift to a hospital in the United States, but could not get him out of the country due to a hold on humanitarian visas.
Cherilus and others worked to get Douce on the USNS Comfort, the floating hospital off the coast of Haiti, where he was eventually admitted.
The Gosder Cherilus Foundation and its partners (AmeriCares, Save The Children, Haiti Outreach Mission) are now focusing their efforts to supply and staff hospitals in the Port-au-Prince area.
To follow and help in Cherilus' effort, please visit the links at the top of the page.