A business major and pre-medical student at Loyola University, Raihan Sayeed believes strongly in the power of education. As part of his volunteer efforts, Ray Sayeed has supported 50 underprivileged children at Crescent High School in India.

Located on the outskirts of Chennai (Madras), Crescent High School, a branch also located in Hyderabad, was founded in 1968 as a residential school for boys. Sponsored by the Seethakathi Trust, the school’s academic program covers classes V to XII. Physical education and religious studies are also included.

At Crescent High School, education extends beyond the classroom. Older students are invited to become involved in various community service projects, including work with the World Wildlife Fund. Several clubs and associations provide opportunities for students to further explore their talents in areas such as mathematics, literary arts, and nature. Through the annual Seethakathi Tournament and the Imam Mapillai Aalim Oratorical Contest, Crescent High School students test their athletic and oratory skills against students from nearby schools.


Currently a pre-med student at Chicago’s Loyola University, Raihan Sayeed has shadowed local physicians Dr. Zeba Shakir and Dr. Prem Rupani extensively at their clinical practices. Raihan Sayeed has also volunteered with the Al- Kareem Welfare Society in India, where he assisted physicians in providing medical screening services. Closer to home, Raihan Sayeed volunteers regularly at the ER of Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields. The hospital’s emergency services are open 24-7, with care available for a wide range of issues, from heart attacks to bone fractures.

One of the most innovative aspects of the Olympia Fields emergency department is its Physician First system. This unique protocol ensures that those emergency room patients visiting during the busiest hours (from 11 AM to 9 PM) gain expedited access to a board-certified emergency physician. Within a matter of minutes, patients are assisted by the doctor and a dedicated support team made up of highly trained technicians, nurses, and paramedics. This emphasis on handling new arrivals quickly ensures that patients receive a preliminary diagnosis for their injury or condition, and have tests ordered, shortly after entering the emergency room.