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La Cañada Hospital Volunteering Club Allows Students to Enter the World of Medicine

2017. A children’s hospital in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo credit: Piron Guillaume/Unsplash)

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

LA CAÑADA – The world is in desperate need of a vaccine or a viable medical solution to fight off the effects of COVID-19. Since the current pandemic warrants paramount medical research, the world may look towards the rising generation to immerse themselves in the medical field to prevent future pandemics.

Therefore, La Cañada High School rising senior Arthur Khayat started a club called the Verdugo Hills Hospital Volunteer club.

Based in La Cañada, the club was organized to aid hospitals and to inform students in entering the world of medicine. According to Khayat, the club is comprised of thirty-five members with Arthur Khayat as its President, Adam Driscoll as its Vice President, and Edwin Tieu as its Treasurer.

This past month, in an interview with the Outspoken Oppa, Khayat stated the mission of his club, “I started it because I wanted people who were interested in becoming a type of doctor to get more information and get to volunteer.”

He then went on to say, “(the club) would be to not only learn about the process to become a doctor but actually, help and volunteer in a hospital setting.”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Khayat decided to do various projects with his club to donate medical masks to Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Khayat said, “We designed for days and eventually got all the 3D material we needed and made around 200 face shields for nurses and doctors.”

Later, the club entered a partnership.

“I then collaborated with La Cañada Charity, as well as the Return Love Organization, to donate my supplies (as well as some supplies of their own) to Verdugo Hills Hospital. They needed supplies, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help out the community.”

On July 14th, the club did a second project where they donated seventy three-dimensional masks to the Verdugo Hills Hospital.

When asked if a person who is interested in politics or law should join the club, he said, “This club should be for any student in high school. I think that even if a student isn’t interested in a particular subject, they should still try to learn about it.”

Treasurer Edwin Tieu later commented, “I think that this club hits home with me in so many ways. Giving back to the La Cañada community and being able to make a difference are some of the perks that come with being in this club. Volunteering for people in need is something I would like to continue to do throughout my high school career and into the next stage in my life.”

Tieu went on to explain how the club impacted his life, “I am grateful for the opportunity to be the treasurer of this club. To those who are reading this and are attending LCHS, please consider joining this club and volunteering for VHH.”

Vice President Adam Driscoll said, “I think that the mission is something we should continue to strive for in and outside of the club. The volunteer projects that are set up by Arthur have allowed various people to help out, especially in light of the virus.”

At the end of the interview, Khayat talked about his future plans and aspirations for his club.

“Next year, I hope to expand the club, call it the medical club, and request speakers to speak about their experiences in the medical field. “Although my club is a small introduction to medicine, anyone should give it a shot!”

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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