Chandler teen raising funds for healthcare workers’ masks The Chandler Arizonan

Chandler teen raising funds for healthcare workers’ masks

February 9th, 2021 Chandler Arizona Staff
Chandler teen raising funds for healthcare workers’ masks
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ARIZONAN NEWS STAFF

A Chandler teen is doing his part to help frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic by working with the Dignity Health Foundation-East Valley to raise money for high-quality masks.

Blake Su, a senior at Arizona College Preparatory, said there were two family members who indirectly inspired him – along with news stories he had read last year about shortages of masks and other protective equipment in hospitals and clinics.

The son of a surgeon at Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, Blake also has an elderly aunt who had just completed physical therapy at an assisted care facility.

“I found myself deeply troubled by the idea that my elderly aunt might be coming into contact with a mask-less nurse or by the fact that my father could get infected with coronavirus without the proper equipment on hand,” he said.

As a member of his school’s Key Club – a student-run organization that organizes philanthropic activities on campuses and in the community – Blake said, “I have spent so much time in Key Club and other organizations helping others – and with everything going on – I wanted to see if there was any way I could directly assist.”

He decided to do something with stickers.

He ran his idea past Dignity Foundation’s philanthropic manager, Catrina Ulery: have people go to a foundation webpage, donate money for one or more masks, and get a sticker from Blake that showed they supported his Masks For Heroes campaign.

Ulery “loved the concept,” he said, adding that because the money goes to the foundation, it can procure more masks from a hospital wholesale supplier at a cheaper price.

“Since then, I have been marketing the program to my friends on my social media account and telling anyone I come across about it,” he said.

He also organized a videogame competition at his school and has raised over $1,200.

“Health care workers across the country are working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and I am going to show my appreciation for the work they do every day by helping to raise funds to provide personal protective equipment needed to keep us and themselves safe and healthy,” he said.

To help: go to supportdignityhealtheastvalley.org/what-we-support/masksforheroes

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