Group Heads To Haiti On Eve Of Quake Anniversary

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A group from West Michigan is headed to Haiti, two years after a massive earthquake ravaged the country.

Tim Ryan and his 15-year-old daughter are among the 15 people making the trip to deliver bins of of medical and dental supplies. They are working with the organization Haiti Needs You to provide basic health care to Haitians badly in need of it.

"We'll probably see about 2,400 people," Ryan told FOX 17 News. "There's no doctors or health clinics to help these people. Sometimes just a basic injury where they cut themselves with a machete is life threatening."

Ryan has traveled to Haiti 23 times to help with relief work and rebuilding. Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, he has made eight different trips to see the devastation firsthand.

Two years later, there's still a lot of work to be done, he says. "There is some progress, but it's very slow.:

"There's still a lot of rubble," he explained, "a lot of people living under tents and tarps; still about a million people doing that."

Ryan's daughter, Kelly, a freshman at West Catholic High School, will be making her second trip to Haiti to work alongside her dad. She hopes to use the experience and training she gets one day in the medical field.

"It's been a big part of my life for the past 10 years with my dad going down," said Kelly. "I want to be able to help these people and go every year like my dad does and someday maybe even take my own team down there."

The group will spend 10 days in Haiti, before returning to Michigan on January 21. FOX 17 provided Ryan with a flip cam to document the trip.

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