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When COVID-19 took hold, S'well quickly mobilized to support the healthcare heroes putting their lives at risk to keep us safe. Our goal was to keep these essential workers motivated and hydrated during long shifts with added protective gear. We launched For the Frontlines and, over the course of this two month campaign, S'well donated $1 million worth of product through a Buy One, Donate One program. A powerful portrait of life and death, fear and duty, gratitude and action emerged.


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"We see hundreds of patients coming in very, very sick and hundreds more have been waiting for tests. Our frontline staff — the real heroes — are working at 200% capacity trying to save lives and combat a virus unlike any seen before. As a teaching hospital, we are also modeling safety protocol and ways of treating illness to not only save lives but build careers and practices. Our staff is kind, caring and compassionate. Many times frustrated by the intensity of the virus and how rapidly one declines. As there are no visitors allowed, it is extremely hard to not have a loved one close by and we become that person."

Mamie McIndoe, Elmhurst Hospital
April 8, 2020

"I’m getting through this from the support of my fellow RNs. I have never experienced anything like this in my life. This virus hits everyone differently, some people you see having mild symptoms and then they get to go home, while others are dying so quickly. We are getting through this together with prayers and laughter. We are truly supplying each other with endless support."

Claudina Mesa, The George Washington University Hospital
April 23, 2020

"We can’t control what befalls us, but we can control how we respond. I hope that in spite of all the negative this pandemic has brought, it leaves us with a greater mindfulness, appreciation, and compassion for others than ever before."

Jenny Romero, Long Island Jewish Medical Facility
April 27, 2020

"COVID experience at OLOC has not only caused change but taught us we can rearrange. Since the Pandemic has hit, we do not give up or quit. Every day we gear up in our Super Hero attire also known as the PPE we require. We may look like we are in disguise and you have to recognize us by our eyes. We put on our mask and go above and beyond our task. Family visits are now seen on an iPad screen using FaceTime, Duo, Messenger and Zoom by the Recreation Therapy team."

Our Lady Of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center
May 7, 2020

"As a family physician for over a decade, I have always felt a deep obligation to serve and take care of our community as if they are family. During this global pandemic, it has meant continuing to serve faithfully despite increased risk and personal sacrifice. On a daily basis, we risk personally infecting ourselves and our family. On a daily basis, we work outside in makeshift clinics, exposed to the elements. Rain, cold and heat. And we continue to do all these things JOYFULLY, from a willing heart, because we love our community as family."

Susy Thomas, AltaMed
May 25, 2020

"I think no one fathomed that we would be in the current situation that we are in now, but when we look back, we realize that unity, perseverance, and strength is what defined us. #BannerStrong."

Francisco Dominquez, Banner Health Foundation of Arizona
June 8, 2020

"To keep our clients and my family safe, I moved three of the most important people in life―my children―to my ex-mother in-law’s house. For two and a half weeks, we did homework and shared kisses through a screen, which broke me. I have never worked with a better team of people with such heart and a common goal to get through this together. I do not doubt that we will come through this stronger than ever."

Tanya Keller, Success Rehabilitation
June 17, 2020

"Nobody was ready for what was coming in through the doors. I saw patients having difficulty trying to breathe and gasping for air. I talked to families who were worried -- just like mine -- trying to see if their loved ones were getting better. I have seen patients take their last breath and patients who I have happily discharged home. Within a month, I started having symptoms and tested positive. Eventually my whole family ended up testing positive and we all went through a month of fighting the covid battle. Thankful that we survived and deeply sorry for all the lost lives."

Joslyn, Advocate Lutheran Hospital
July 15, 2020

"The days and nights are more physically and emotionally draining than any I have ever experienced in my career. The patients are younger, and yet more unwell. The PPE is hot and everyone is drenched in sweat. Doubling up bed spaces means the unit is crammed full of patients and equipment; getting to the head end in an emergency requires Olympic level gymnastics. It may be challenging for us, but it must be even worse for relatives....I know the relatives have really appreciated being able to video call and we have been lucky our communications team have taken this off our hands. Giving updates is hard."

Heung-Yan Wong, Royal College of Anesthetists
July 2020

"What I will always remember with pride though is the whole team stepping up to do all they could to help the patient's in our care. In the early days information and protocols changed so quickly it was difficult to keep up. The work was extremely tiring and many staff were working out of the comfort zone of their normal day to day job. There has been much sorrow, some amazing recovery stories, and a bit of learning along the way. Hopefully we can take away some useful practices to help benefit future patient care. While I am secure in the knowledge that all my colleagues are ready at a moment's notice to do it all again, I sincerely hope we don't need to."

Susan Erikson, St. George’s University Hospitals
August 3, 2020

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