The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced today that it will donate $100,000 to disaster relief funds to help people and communities affected by last week’s terrorist attacks on the United States. HHMI will give $50,000 to the Red Cross and $50,000 to The September 11th Fund, a collaborative effort of the United Way, the Council on Foundations and the New York Community Trust to provide short-term emergency assistance.
“We are shocked and saddened by the horrifying events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania,” said HHMI President Thomas R. Cech. “Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and friends--and many HHMI employees nationwide have already given blood and other assistance. As an Institute dedicated to the health of people everywhere, we want to do whatever we can to help the nation cope with this crisis.”
An HHMI employee, Mohammed Salman Hamdani, is among those missing in New York. He was a research assistant in an HHMI laboratory at The Rockefeller University. His parents believe that Sal, 23, who was a trained emergency medical technician, heard about the disaster and went to the World Trade Center to help.