At its last university-organized fundraising event for Japanese relief efforts on March 16, UT Health Science Center raised more than $5,000 in just five hours.
Japanese faculty, students and staff are represented at UTHSC, including Dr. Isao Miyairi, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry. He was on hand during the event to discuss his family’s account of the disaster. Although his family is safe, Miyari said they continue to be threatened daily by quakes and a potential nuclear meltdown, and are still dealing with a lack of power and public transportation.
All donations from that event were delivered on the same day to the Mid-South Chapter of the Red Cross at 1400 Central Avenue.
At the request of students, another on-campus drive is scheduled for tomorrow, March 23, the center’s communications department said.