Berto continues efforts in Haiti

December, 24, 2013
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One thing you can say about former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto is that he hasn't forgotten his family's roots.

Although Berto was born in the United States, he closely identifies with his parents' home country of Haiti, which he represented in the 2004 Olympics.

After the massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010 -- a disaster that killed several members of Berto's extended family and also prompted him to cancel a fight with Shane Mosley -- Berto visited the island nation in the aftermath and became heavily involved in disaster relief efforts, both in terms of money and his time, making several trips there to help.

Last week, Berto returned to Haiti to support the ongoing relief efforts as he joined his partners at Project Medishare to raise funds for Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port Au Prince, the capital city.

The Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital in Haiti. Responsible for providing lifesaving care, the hospital treats upwards of 350 patients a day, even though the demand is greater. Help is available at the facility regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

Berto spent last Friday at the hospital, handing out Christmas presents and visiting the kids at the facility.

"Spending time with these kids and giving them something to smile about was the perfect way to start my holiday," Berto said. "Making the people around me happy is better than any Christmas present I could get."

Berto also was involved in a fundraiser for the hospital and met with Haitian President Michael Martelly after arriving there on Thursday, according to Berto's publicist.

Berto (28-3, 22 KOs), out of action for most of 2012 because of a positive steroid test that forced the cancelation of a rematch with Victor Ortiz, has lost two fights in row.

He seriously injured his right shoulder in his most recent fight, a 12th-round stoppage loss to Jesus Soto Karass in July. Berto had surgery on the shoulder, which he continues to rehab. He hopes to begin training again in early 2014.

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