WHAT THOSE Valentine’s Day hugs and chocolates on campus were all about

The MD students in the Women’s Interest Group (WIG) is sending a big “mahalo shout-out” those those who took part in their Valentine’s Day fundraiser. People bought single red cali “sweetheart roses”  for $4 per rose and candy grams for $4 per box. Best of all, for only $1 each, hugs were delivered by the group’s faculty sweetheart, Dr. David Horio, in costume.

“A Kidney with Heart”

Dr. Horio dressed up as a “kidney with heart” (that means a fuzzy, red heart strapped on sideways so it looked like a kidney, with paper arteries attached). The students have been studying the renal system the past few weeks, you see.

Dr. David Horio gives Dr. Haning a hug outside an office in the Medical Education Building at JABSOM Kaka`ako.

Dr. David Horio gives Dr. Haning a hug outside an office in the Medical Education Building at JABSOM Kaka`ako.

Dr. William Haning, Professor of Psychiatry, was among those contributing a dollar (or two) and receiving a “Horio hug” in the name of improving women’s health.

The students raised $366, which they will be using for meetings where they advocate for women in medicine and other professional careers and discuss issues women face in the workplace. “We seek to inspire women and to trade tips on how to balance a successful career and equally successful personal life,” said medical student Crystal Lam. “We hope to raise enough money to collaborate with other groups such as the Women’s Fund of Hawai`i to help women affected by domestic abuse, homelessness and illiteracy.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In our main photograph are Crystal Lam, Dr. Horio, Valynn Pham and Dr. Karen Thompson, group advisor.

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