Clinic honoring Kristina Chesterman to be built in Nigeria

May 2, 2015 5:00 PM by News Staff

Ground has broken on a health clinic in Nigeria that will be named after Kristina Chesterman, the Chico State nursing student killed in a hit and run incident in 2013.

Chesterman, who was killed by a drunk driver in September 2013, dreamed of providing health care to underserved regions of Africa.

Chesterman's former classmates are spearheading fund raising efforts. Since her death, Chico State nursing students have raised about $45,000 toward construction of the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Clinic in Ozu Abam, Nigeria. When the clinic is completed it will serve women and children in a service sparse region.

On Wednesday, May 6, a screening of a documentary film touching on Chesterman's life will offer one more opportunity to support the clinic's construction.

"The Power of the Heart," directed by Drew Heriot, who also directed "The Secret," features several inspiring stories, including Chesterman's and the five lives she saved through organ donations. Featuring cultural icons Maya Angelou, Paulo Coelho and Deepak Chopra, among others, the film explores the powerful role the heart can play in people's lives.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. at the El Rey Theatre, 230 West 2nd Street in Chico. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students and children and will be available at the door 30 minutes in advance.


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