We Are All Heroes
This special issue features people who have risen to the challenge of the pandemic and found ways not only to cope but to thrive.
We are grateful that they agreed to share what they have been going through. Whether they are familiar faces, such as Kelly Frey of WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier and Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett, or people you should know, such as Zack Block of Repair the World, actress/musician Saige Smith and Phil Gruszka of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, they demonstrate the things we have in common as we face this unprecedented situation.
Running a business has never been more difficult, but there are many examples of entrepreneurs who have not crumbled but have overcome. Their stories are represented by Beth Schellhaas of West View Floral Shoppe, who proves that ingenuity and perseverance are more important than ever today.
We would be remiss if we didn’t include educators, restaurant workers and retail workers such as Macee Graham of Allie Alligator Learning Center, Pittsburgh service industry veteran Maggie Meskey and Brian Deutsch of Panda Supermarket. We all know how dependent we are on the efforts of people who continue to do their jobs, and their stories confirm that Pittsburgh is a city of helpers.
Thanks also to Duquesne University senior Kelly McBride, who shares what it’s like to finish college remotely and try to begin a career when the country seems to be on pause. I’m sure most of us know someone in a similar situation.
We are especially grateful to share the story of Kristen Linfante, who is one of the thousands of people in Allegheny County who battled COVID-19. She exemplifies the physical and emotional challenges faced by those who contracted this life-threatening disease.
Then there is Natalie Crouse of Adagio Health, who is on the front lines. When I spoke with her, I was impressed not only by her dedication and drive but also by her compassion and sense of humor. As we were video chatting, her phone and email never stopped. Her energy is inspiring, and it was an honor to get to know her.
I’m also inspired by the people I work with every day. Even though we are working apart, I draw on their dedication and am thankful that they helped create this special issue as a lasting testament of how Pittsburgh remained united in a time of social distancing.