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Families of Recent Alumnus Donate Protective Gear to Weill Cornell

Tian and Jiao Families
New Jersey to New York City
Stacks of boxes with labels that have a bear wearing scrubs.

The extended family of a recent Cornell graduate in New Jersey, Lena Jiao ’19, donated 3,000 N95 masks and 300 sets of protective coveralls to Weill Cornell Medicine. “When we saw front-line health care workers risking their lives for us on a daily basis without proper or limited protective equipment, providing them with these necessities was really the least that we could do,” Jiao said. “From my 92-year-old grandpa to my 17-year-old brother, my entire family has been helping every day these past weeks to assemble protective equipment and ensure its delivery.” Each box of gear was stamped with a sticker that read, in part: “Thank you, doctors! Thank you for risking your lives on the frontline in this fight against COVID-19. We will always remember your courage and selflessness at this unprecedented time and are forever grateful.” Said Jiao: “We hope that these donations will help alleviate some of the fear, anxiety, and burden many frontline workers are experiencing. It is important to remember we are all in this together, and we will overcome this pandemic by continuing to help and uplift each other.”