It has been a difficult year for many, especially medical professionals experiencing the intensity of carrying out their job duties amid global pandemic.
For Dr. Kakra — a Seattle-based doctor who also works with MyCovidMD as a free volunteer, helping to provide COVID-19 testing to disenfranchised communities — things went from challenging to difficult. She found herself this year thrust suddenly into the role of sole provider for her two young daughters and the financial fallout required she move her family into a basement apartment.
Dr. Kakra, who is also working to repay medical school loans, was overjoyed when four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird strolled upon her bearing a Stephen Curry 30 jersey and a message from the NBA star that she had been selected as the recipient of a $10,000 grant in recognition of the sacrifices she has made to stop the spread of the coronavirus in low-income communities.
“A Gift of Joy” developed in partnership with Curry’s Unanimous Media and Rakuten with the mission of surprising individuals across the nation who, in spite of being impacted severely by the pandemic, are “dedicating much of their time and resources to help their communities despite their own personal trials,” a press release stated.
Of being uplifted in a time of need, Dr. Kakra said, “Even when you think the ground from which you stand has fallen from under you, you can still have really good people.”
WATCH: Sue Bird and Stephen Curry surprise Dr. Kakra, a volunteer COVID-19 physician, with “A Gift of Joy”
“As long as you’re continuing to do good work, someone’s always looking,” Dr. Kakra’s sister said.
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