FIRST PLATFORM TO THANK MEDICAL HEROES GOES LIVE Anyone can send personal message, photo or video to caregivers

For the first time ever people in the U.S. now have a quick way to compassionately reach out online to any or all COVID-19 medical caregivers with a heartfelt personal message, photo or video.

The idea started with a text and a dream. Kathleen Kilmer, CEO of, glanced at her phone to find a text from her sister, an emergency room nurse fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

“My sister had a dream that I was downstairs baking her cookies. I thought – what a great way to say thanks for the brave, difficult work she’s doing but wished there was a way to express my gratitude to all of the first responders who are risking their lives – and the lives of their families at home – to save strangers” Kilmer said.

Two nurses in New York have already sacrificed their lives.

So she and a small band of volunteers – working pro bono with limited funds – created a platform called where anyone can post a message of appreciation, encouragement and love to the staff at one or all 12,000 US healthcare facilities at the site in under two minutes. They can even upload a video or image.

These front-line warriors are both the visible and invisible heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. They include the doctors and nurses we see in the hospitals and clinics, the medics and all the people behind the scenes—those who work in labs, food service, janitorial, security and so many others keeping these facilities running.

“Never before in history – not during wartime or on 9-11 or when confronting a school shooter – has a hero been asked to potentially sacrifice the lives of their loved ones in addition to their own. They have a gut-wrenching decision to make every day and we desperately need them to keep showing up. Our lives depend on it, “Kilmer said.

They are often caught between terrified, frustrated patients and an overtaxed system, a system that doesn’t always have enough to go around. They face limited medical equipment and supplies to keep themselves safe, limited information, no cure and no vaccine. They never imagined they could be the ones choosing who lives and who dies if the country runs out of ventilators, which is estimated to happen very soon in the hardest hit areas. The emotional and physical toll is unprecedented.

“Anyone can search for a facility to view the messages already posted. Seeing those tributes, especially from those in a community they serve, may inspire these first responders to head to work on a day when they may be feeling particularly exhausted and fearful. That saves more lives” she explained.

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