He said Friday he felt helpless when his mother called him from their U.S. home to tell him of the quake, and he rushed from the gym to be with her.
Cherilus says he tried to call his relatives but was unable to get through.
He says all they could do was worry until they heard from them that his brother and grandmother escaped injury.
Cherilus says he's starting a foundation to aid quake victims.
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