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Residents Raise Money for HIV/AIDS Clinics

Event Benefits HIV/AIDS Clinics in Kenya

Cedars-Sinai medical residents in the Department of Medicine raised more than $30,000 at their "Handle With Care" fundraising event on March 9 to benefit HIV/AIDS clinics in Kenya.

Proceeds from the event will go to AMPATH (Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV), which operates as part of the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership.
Erica Palys, M.D., and her husband, Kevin (far right), who helped organize the "Handle with Care" event, celebrate at the Sofitel Hotel with Robert Einterz, M.D., (far left), co-founder of AMPATH, and Jesse Spencer, the event host and co-star of the FOX television series "House."

"A big thanks to everyone who came to the event and supported the residents in their hard work. I truly believe that everyone there saw what's at the heart of Cedars-Sinai as I know it -- amazing doctors working hard and long hours to give excellent care to their patients," said Chief Medical Resident Erica Palys, M.D. "The money raised represents a lot of food, job training and anti-retrovirals for the people in Kenya who would otherwise have none."

AMPATH maintains 19 clinics throughout western Kenya that focus on providing a holistic approach to treating HIV/AIDS, according to Dr. Palys. Services include providing an orphanage for the many children left behind; teaching job skills; providing food and teaching patients how to become proficient farmers; and providing a women's and children's shelter for those in abusive homes.