Technologists step up for Nepal earthquake victims

 - The American Red Cross

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Nepal following the devastating earthquake last month.

“Our deepest condolences go to all those who were affected by the earthquake in Nepal. The images of extraordinary devastation we have seen are heartbreaking,” ASRT President William J. Brennan Jr. said in a press release.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck April 25 and has killed more than 6,000 people, injuring at least twice that many.  

ASRT also announced it will match donations up to $5,000 made before May 8 to the ASRT Foundation’s Disaster Relief Matching Program. The doubled gifts will go to RAD-AID International, which is sending radiologists as well as radiologic technologists to Nepal.

In addition, ASRT is funding two radiologic technologists who will work with Nepal ’s Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

“A tragedy of this size requires financial and personnel support,” Brennan said.

The generous outpouring following a natural disaster builds on an admirable record established by ASRT's 153,000 members. In May 2014 the group raised $5,000 for tornado recovery in the Midwest. The previous year it gave the Red Cross $5,000 to offer typhoon relief in the Philippines.