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With Deep Gratitude for the Frontline

By: Ollie Cantos

As we continue to come together by staying apart, we must concurrently give thanks for and to all those who keep things running even as the rest of us remain in our homes, safe and sound.
 
As we continue to come together by staying apart, we must concurrently give thanks for and to all those who keep things running even as the rest of us remain in our homes, safe and sound.
These everyday and all too frequently unsung heroes include the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who put themselves at risk every single day as they directly tend to the sick and to other vulnerable populations in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. There are the scientists who work around the clock to bring this unfolding tragedy to an end as well as those who run the coronavirus tests to determine the presence or absence of infection. Overlooked champions also include first responders, fire fighters, military personnel, law enforcement, and others who voluntarily run toward and not stray away from danger and who help keep us safe. Plus, there are the workers at pharmacies, farms, factories, warehouses, grocery stores, utility providers, gas stations, and restaurants, who collectively ensure that we are able to receive food, medicine, and other supplies as we essentially shelter in place during this pandemic. And, what would we do without the mail carriers, delivery drivers, and others who get us what we need? This is in addition to the janitors, building maintenance staff, and other essential folks who keep on contributing even as most of us must remain in residence. Not to mention, there are countless armies of Good Samaritans, who reach out to lend a helping hand to individuals in particularly significant need during these challenging times. And, of course, there are our nation's teachers who educate our kids from a distance and college and university professors who keep on moving forward to prepare the rising generation of adult leaders who are soon to take their place in our global workforce at all levels and in every sector.
Ultimately, as we each do our part to get through the current pandemic, we may draw strength from the disability rights movement of which we are all a part.

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