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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

March 17, 2000
Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Public Relations Director (218) 726-8830
Debrah Erickson, UMD Medical Student and program coordinator (218) 724-7644
Dr. Edwin Haller, Duluth School of Medicine (218) 726-8851

Medical Supplies and Donations Sought for Petrozavodsk, Russia
Duluth Resident to Make Trip to Russia

Students and faculty at the School of Medicine, Duluth are working to raise urgently needed medical supplies and donations to deliver on their trip to Petrozavodsk, Russia this July.

A Petrozavodsk fundraiser, which includes a silent auction and concert, will be held on March 25 in the UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The concert will feature Alexander Chernyshev, UMD Department of Music Teaching Specialist, and his wife Olga on the piano and violin. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $2 and donations of all amounts will be accepted at the door.

Sponsors of the trip, the Petrozavodsk Student Exchange Committee (PSEC) is an organization of first and second year UMD medical students. The group will be making their 2nd trip to Petrozavodsk.

The trip last year gave students a chance to see the substantial need for medical supplies. Students toured hospitals and met with doctors. This year UMD students will hold a press conference with the Mayor of Petrozavodsk. Items urgently needed are: EKG machines, medical technology, newer antibiotics, antiseptic agents, and disposable supplies.

To make this year's trip possible, the PSEC is soliciting support from:

  • local health care providers and pharmaceutical companies for donation of supplies and equipment
  • airlines providing service to Russia for help in defraying costs of travel
  • the general community for financial contributions

UMD medical students making the trip in July are:
Deb Erickson - Duluth, Minnesota
Aaron Smith - Grand Marais, Minnesota
Kim Kvatum - Morris, Minnesota
Melanie Dixon - St. Peter, Minnesota
Greg Rathman - Gibbon, Minnesota
Ingrid Yelkin - Edina, Minnesota

Donations may be made at any time by calling Debrah Erickson at (218) 724-7644 or Dr. Edwin Haller at (218) 726-8851.

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