Cornell Alumna Steps Up to Support NYC
When New York City started to experience a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Annabelle Li (CFEM ’11) and her friends mobilized their connections and global resources to help our city. Since mid-March, they have sourced and delivered thousands of N95 and surgical masks, gloves, ISO gowns, and goggles to establishments across boroughs.
“When COVID first affected Wuhan, my family became very concerned. We saw how much suffering the disease brought to those infected and healthcare workers selflessly fighting for their patients. When it started in the U.S., I immediately thought about how this could become a great danger for the healthcare workers here. My friend who works as a nurse said that they were only assigned one N95 mask for 3 months. That’s when I made a decision to help with this cause and donate PPE to healthcare workers,” said Annabelle.
At first, Annabelle was able to connect with an extensive network through her husband’s contacts who works in cancer research. After a few donations, the news spread, and hospitals, as well as individual doctors and nurses, started to call. From mid-March, the campaign has raised $6,743, in addition to about $15,000 worth of PPE donations, all of which have gone to 16 different hospitals, nursing homes, and government entities. This list includes some hard-hit locations like: Queens Hospital Center, NYU Langone Brooklyn, Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, Long Island State Veterans Home, and many more.
While her hospital contacts are no longer reporting severe shortages in PPE, Annabelle with her family and friends have no intention to stop their efforts. Now they are pivoting towards those left in great need in the wake of high unemployment rates and business closures – delivering meals at food banks and supporting children’s educational needs. If you wish to get involved, please email Annabelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are proud of the great teamwork and leadership shown by our alumni!