January 28, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee, January 28, 2010 – Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) students Robert Cromley and Claudia Montenegro joined osteopathic medical students from across the country to help make the holiday season a little more special for children at Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla.

As part of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association’s (SOMA) annual Unity Project, the students spent three days volunteering at Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that gives children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to escape the reality of their illness for a short time. Cromley is originally from Sandusky, Ohio, and Montenegro is originally from Agoura Hills, Calif. Both are second-year osteopathic medical students at LMU-DCOM.

“Children facing such dire circumstances should still be able to be kids – smiling and happy,” said Cromley. “We had 50 osteopathic medical students from across the country working together to help provide a ‘week off’ for the children’s families. It was very memorable. I was humbled by this experience once again.”

The Unity Project began in 2005. In the past, Unity volunteers have helped victims of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and worked at homeless shelters in New York City. The 2009 Unity Project marked the third time the group has participated in Give Kids the World. The Unity Project is funded by the American Osteopathic Association.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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