Category Archives : Triumph


September 2015

We’re in the news! Time Warner Cable covered our 2015 5K and Obstacle Challenge at FT Proctor Park in Utica, NY. Local Volunteers Host Event Seeking Donations to Help Build Medical Clinic in Haiti Supporters of the Haiti Rehab Project gathered in Proctor Park Saturday. They were racing to raise money for the organization that is determined to help Haitians in need. They tell Time Warner Cable News reporter Melissa Krull although the earthquake took place five years ago, the devastation continues. UTICA, N.Y. — Some of the people injured during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are still in need of medical care. A group of volunteers is hoping to change that through the “Haiti Rehab Project.” “I was there initially when it was still prevalent in everyone’s mind, but we leave there and their disabilities and their struggles don’t end. And now, these are people that are disabled in […]


December 2013

December 2013 Check it out!  With our support Team Zaryen has rented space for a shop in Port-Au-Prince.  We are working on buying the start up supplies and equipment and are hoping to begin in January.  


October 2013

October 2013 The VVS Wheelchair Challenge staring the Sitrin Stars Basketball Team was a huge success!  Thanks to all who participated.  With your help we raised $1000 towards training members of Team Zaryen to start a business in Port-au Prince, Haiti! Also In October, The Community Car Wash in Sherrill, NY raise $300 for the Haiti Rehab Project.  So grateful to live in such a wonderful, giving community.


June 2013

June 2013 Our Saranac Thursday was a great success!  We raised over $600 to help Team Zaryen start their Sandals Business.  By assisting with start up costs, we are hoping to create 15-20 jobs for the amputee soccer players.   Helping them to be able to support themselves and their families.  Thanks to F. X. Matt Brewing Company!


April 2013

April 2013 Our team of Healthcare workers from Central NY on our trip to Haiti!   Half our team worked at Hospital Bernard Mev in Triage, ICU, Medical-Surgical Unit and Pediatrics.  The other half provided education, supplies and equipment to Healing Hands for Haiti  and 3 orphanages for children with special needs.  What an amazing experience!  


January 2013

January 2013 We are so excited!  Our team of Nurses, EMTs, Social Workers and Therapists from Faxton-St.Luke’s Healthcare, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and area EMTs from Utica, NY are going to Haiti in April.  Each of us plan to bring a suitcase full of supplies!


October 20, 2012

October 20, 2012 Next stop after Faxton-St. Luke’s was the Upstate Cerebral Palsy TRAID program in Utica, NY. Many thanks to Lu and the rest of the great team there!!!  They filled the AFYA foundation truck with even more equipment to donate to Haiti!


October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012 Thanks to the team at Faxton-St. Lukes Hospital’s Inpatient Rehab Unit and Hospital Rehab Department for donated their extra equipment to Haiti today!!!  Another great experience working with the AFYA Foundation, too. Thank you, AFYA!


September 2012

September 2012 VVS sophomores raised over $150 at a bake sale today at St. Helena’s Church in Sherrill, NY and are planning a soccer tournament to raise money for Team Zaryen on Oct 22.  More details to follow! Go VVS! Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Rehab Department raised over $300 so far in honor of Rehab Month and PT Month!  Their goal is to send care packages of rehab supplies to Haiti.  Thanks to everyone who baked and added to the Lottery Board!


June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012 Holy Family and St. Helena’s 9th graders held a Car Wash to support Haiti Rehab Project and assist with shipping the rest of the donated sneakers and cleats donated to Haiti. They raised $547!  Many thanks to a great group of young adults who worked very hard for our mission.  


May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 Sitrin Stars Adapted Sports Program Director,  Marc DePerno,  OTR, and  Director of Physical Therapy, Dr. Jamie Wallace,  PT, DPT, of Sitrin Medical Rehabilitation Center together with Team Zaryen President, Cedieu Fortilus and Ginger Oliver, PT, DPT, explored further  program development and international opportunities for Team Zaryen.  Thank you, Marc and Jamie, for your suggestions and encouragement for the further development of Adaptive Sports Program in Haiti.


May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012 Chris Schreiderich shared his knowledge and experience with Team Zaryen President, Cedieu Fortilus, Rehab Tech, to educate on skills and products for the Adaptive Builders Programs to be developed in Haiti.   Equipment to be built would include rehab and medical equipment and supplies that could be utilized in healthcare clinics ad orphanages throughout Haiti.  Thank you, Chris!


May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012 Cedieu Fortilus, President of Team Zaryen, and Ginger Oliver, PT, DPT, presented Haiti Rehab Project and Team Zaryen’s initiatives to Church of the Holy Family and St. Helena’s parish council meeting in Sherrill, NY.  Their support enabled Haiti Rehab Project to ship the first packages of sneakers and cleats to Haiti for Team Zaryen and others in need.  We thank them for their support of our mission for Haiti. Ginger Oliver, Cedieu Fortilus and Father Mesmer


May 2012 Shoes!

May 2012 Vernon Verona Sherrill Central School District, in Verona, NY, collects and donates 217 pairs of sneakers and cleats to Haiti Rehab Project for Team Zaryen.  Thank you, VVS!  You Rock!  


March 2012

March 2012 Developed Partnership with Healing Hands for Haiti to help support their rehabilitation clinics and initiatives on the ground in Haiti.  Thank you, Steve and Gail, for your suggestions and positive feedback.


Feb 2012

Feb 2012 Completed needs assessment trip to Port au Prince, Haiti, in Feb, 2012.  Volunteered at Project Medishare and gained experience in the ICU and Medical –Surgical Unit, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Pediatric Unit, Prosthetic and Orthotic Lab, Outpatient Rehab Clinic at Hospital Bernard Mev.  Spent time with Team Zaryen gaining experience on what current needs were in Haiti for the disabled in the community.


April 2011 to January, 2012

April 2011 to January, 2012 St. Luke’s Home in Utica, NY and Church of the Holy Family Parish donated beds, mattresses, bedside tables, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, and various other medical supplies to Haiti and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in partnership with the AFYA Foundation.