On Thursday, November 8, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show, with Richie Byrne, warm up comedian for The Dr. Oz Show and Healthcorps, a non profit founded by Dr. Oz, met families in Staten Island affected by Superstorm Sandy. Several thousand families have lost homes or remain without power and heat almost two weeks after the historic storm battered New York and New Jersey.
With more inclement weather bearing down on the area, Dr. Oz will meet directly with residents and assess their medical needs.
Many people who live with chronic health conditions have had their lives and health regimens disrupted by the storm potentially causing them to discontinue their medication schedules or deviate from restricted diets. This can cause a spike in secondary health problems in the days and weeks after a crisis, as evidenced by prior hurricane affected populations.
Dr. Oz, Richie Byrne and Healthcorps are holding a benefit comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club November 14 from which all proceeds will be directed to a special Staten Island hurricane disaster fund established by the Staten Island Advance, and the St. George Theatre through Staten Island's homeless agency, Project Hospitality, a 501 (c) (3), and in cooperation with the Office of the Staten Island Borough President. It is dedicated to help families affected by the storm.
To make contributions to families in need (Go here to Project Hospitality) or to purchase tickets to the benefit, go to Gotham Comedy Club.*
*Note: There is a 2 drink minimum purchase at Gotham Comedy Club