Compassion is a quality that is exhibited by Coral Gables High School senior Gene Liu.
Liu is involved heavily in a charity called Angels of Love, started by his uncle in Jamaica. The charity’s goal is to raise money to help critically and terminally ill children receive treatment. The charity also seeks donations of gently used clothes or old laptops.
“Most of them have cancer,” Liu said. “One was a victim of crossfire and has a bullet in her head. We help with funding for surgeries.”
The children are called “angels” and those involved in the charity visit the angels’ household as well.
“Right now there are about 30-35,” Liu said. “Three are in remission and five have passed away. We also help with the funeral costs.”
They find the children through the doctors and the hospitals.
“The doctors approach us with a candidate to become an angel,” Liu said. “They show the need and their financial situation.”
Liu had been collecting the donations through word of mouth but now he has approached organizations at Gables like the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society to see if they can step up.
Liu is the school newspaper’s sports editor. Previously he was a staff writer. He is vice president of tutoring for Mu Alpha Theta and a member of NHS and IBHS.
He is the legislative advocate chair of the PTSA and one of the assistant student advisors to the school board.
“I’m the first student to be on this school’s executive PTSA,” he said.
He loves sports and plays ice hockey. He played for the Florida Junior Panthers, winning three major tournaments and a state championship, but last year he had to go to a team that was a little bit less demanding.
“I was a member of the Miami-Dade High School Hockey Alliance,” he said. “Also I was awarded the Florida Scholastic League Hobey Baker award for character. I was assistant captain.”
His college applications include UM and UF in state. Out of state, he is applying to Johns Hopkins, Washington University in St. Louis, Rice and Brown. He wants to be an anesthesiologist.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld