On January 22, 2014, the unthinkable happened to a member of the DeSales student body. The home of junior nursing major Joslyn Gregus was destroyed in a fire, leaving almost nothing left behind. Fortunately, no one was injured in the blaze but the family did lose almost all of their possessions.
Amidst the personal tragedy, an outpouring of support was shown for the Gregus family. The DeSales University Nursing Department has spearheaded efforts to raise money and supplies for the Gregus family. Students have donated money from their own pockets in addition to helping with fundraising efforts. According to Dr. Mary Elizabeth Doyle-Tadduni '81, chair of the nursing and health department, the support shown by the DeSales community has been overwhelming.
“It has really been an outpouring from the nursing department here at DeSales as well as the DeSales community,” said Doyle-Tadduni. “There are other departments in the DeSales community who have contributed to her as well. It’s incredible how word has gotten out and people outside of nursing are trying to help her.” In addition to student contributions, the nursing faculty has gathered a pool of money to help the Gregus family.
Beyond the DeSales community, the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), a constituent group of the National Student Nursing Association (NSNA), has also participated, donating supplies, equipment, and uniforms for Gregus.
“The outpouring of support, to me is what our University is all about, Christian humanism, trying to do for the other, its very striking,” said Doyle-Tadduni.
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