Siblings Karen Tsai, MD ’17 and Kevin Tsai, MD ‘19 presented the Best Supporting Actor award at the 72nd annual Emmys on the evening of September 20, 2020. The alumni were chosen to present due to their involvement in the organization DonatePPE.org, through which millions of pieces of protective equipment have been distributed to hospitals.
When COVID-19 started to spread in the United States, the Tsais leapt into action. Both graduates of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, the young doctors knew they wanted to help their former colleagues and teachers on the frontline at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Their donation of face masks to the University in March was just the beginning of their mission to help essential workers in hospitals across the United States. Through their organization DonatePPE.org, which Karen co-founded, millions of pieces of PPE have been donated to hospitals in COVID hotspots such as New York City, the Bay area, Southern California, New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston to date.
Recently, Karen collaborated with Guy Gilchrist to create Monster Dance, a storybook intended to inform, educate, and empower children during the pandemic. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the PPE initiative.