Dalembert Heads to Haiti

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Sixers' center Samuel Dalembert is expected to make several trips to his native Haiti. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Sometime today, although the exact details weren't immediately known, 76ers center Samuel Dalembert was scheduled to land in Haiti.

As of noon, Marc Cornstein, Dalembert's agent, knew only that Dalembert was trying to get to his native country with Project Medishare, an agency on the ground in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, bringing medical relief after last week's devastating earthquake.

Cornstein said Dalembert has previously worked with Project Medishare, even before the earthquake.

On Monday night, Dalembert did not fly home from Minnesota with the Sixers, deciding instead to take his chances on getting to Haiti, which has been difficult task lately.

Dalembert, who donated $130,000 last week to UNICEF's efforts, wanted to ensure the safety of his immediate family and provide a comfort for those ailing in his native country.

Cornstein said Dalembert understood the safety risk in making the trip, as well as the tricky situation involving border clearance on both entry and exit.

Dalembert has said he will make multiple trips to Haiti.

"He let me know after the game that he was going there and I told him to be safe and we'll be praying for him and I hope everything goes well for him," said Sixers point guard Allen Iverson.

Dalembert is expected back for tomorrow night's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"It's important to him to go and be a part of it …" said Sixers coach Eddie Jordan. "It's really close to him, not just his family, but the entire community he feels close to."

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