On January 15, 2010, Romel Joseph, a professional violinist, arrived at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida after being severely injured in the devastating Haiti earthquake. For more than 18 hours, Mr. Joseph was trapped under the rubble of his music school before being rescued. With both legs shattered and an arm broken in the earthquake, Mr. Joseph spent three months recovering in the hospital, with beliefs that he would never play the violin again.
Romel’s life has been extremely difficult. Despite being blind since a young age, Mr. Joseph continues to work tirelessly for the children of Haiti through the gift of music.
Recently, Mr. Joseph was in Toledo as part of the Friends of Music Education for Haiti fundraiser. While on the flight to Toledo, his filling fell out, causing him pain. His first visit to an American dental office was to Frankel Dentistry.
We would like to share a brief excerpt from a very heart-warming letter we received by Romel’s friend, Cecilia Johnson, thanking us for the services we provided to Mr. Joseph. Being able to help people who are in need is just one of the reasons we love what we do!
“I want to sent a huge ‘Thank You’ for helping my friend, Romel Joseph, who was in the area fundraising for his Haitian school and music program. Your willingness to take a look at him on such short notice and to provide him a temporary filling and an X-Ray to take home free of charge was a gift that filled my heart beyond description.”
Now fully recovered, the Julliard graduate is thankful to be able to play the violin once again. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Romel Joseph playing the violin.