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The Brave of Heart Fund's Impact

Learn how the Fund helped families of our fallen healthcare heroes

Honoring Our Lost Healthcare Workers

The Brave of Heart Fund® partnered with The Guardian to tell the stories of our grant recipients and their loved ones. When the pandemic began, The Guardian followed healthcare heroes who died in the fight against COVID-19 in their project, Lost on the Frontline. In the videos below, learn more about some of these heroes and how the Brave of Heart Fund helped their families navigate this difficult time.

Honoring Jeremy Emerich

Jeremy Emerich spent his life serving others as a critical care and transport EMT and firefighter. When the 13-year legacy with a grant to Shana, the loved one he left behind.

Honoring Adrienne Alexander

Adrienne Alexander was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to helping others through her work at the Texas Children's Hospital. When she lost her life due to COVID-19, the Brave of Heart Fund supported her family during a time of need.

Honoring Yaakov Meltzer

Yaakov Meltzer was a first responder and beacon in his community who believed in the power of caring for one another. When he lost his life due to COVID-19, the Brave of Heart Fund provided support to his family during this trying time.

Hear from our Grant Recipients

The grant gave us peace of mind and helped us to move forward. As a widow and a mother of 4 sons who are all in school, it is not easy to think how can we continue our lives without our head of the family. With the support you gave us, we felt that were not alone and God sent us the Brave of heart Fund to help us. May you continue to help and bless others like us. Thank you and more power to you all.

Wife of home health aide, Rockville, MD

I want to say a big thank you. My husband was the bread winner of the family. Brave of Heart gives a me a break for a couple months so I can decide what I am going to do with my kids and my family. Thank you again with all my heart.

Wife of physical therapist, Glen Cove, NY

I can’t begin to thank you all enough for the assistance during this time. Nothing can bring back my sweet husband but at least having some assistance helps ease the burden.

Wife of nurse, Tuscaloosa, AL

The funds are such a big help financially to help us get our life back together during this difficult time. Thank you, Brave of Heart Fund. Everyone that I had spoken with from your organization were great to deal with, very friendly and helpful with any question I had.

Husband of nursing home employee, Detroit, MI

I am so grateful to Brave of Heart. A lot on burden was taken off my shoulders. Now, I can see my children's futures are more secured.

Wife of nurse, Houston, TX

600+ Families Helped

We know the toll that COVID-19 had, especially on families. That’s why we were here for them in their greatest time of need.

$25M+ Granted

Due to overwhelming support, we were able to make a meaningful impact by relieving some of the financial burden these families experienced.

15+ Healthcare Careers

The Fund helped the families of front line healthcare workers from a wide variety of professions and volunteer roles.

In the News

After launching in April 2020, the Brave of Heart Fund was covered by a wide variety of national and local media outlets across the United States and beyond. Highlights of the Fund’s far reaching coverage are below.

CDC Foundation

The Brave of Heart Fund: Support for Friends and Family Members of Healthcare Heroes

Mix 93.1

Quitman Doctor Who Died of COVID-19 is Honored in New York City


New art installation honors pandemic's fallen healthcare workers


Tyler resident who died of COVID-19 honored on New York Life Building in NYC


Mayor de Blasio Announces 'Hometown Heroes' Ticker Tape Parade to Thank Essential Workers and Celebrate New York City's Return


Video: The Brave of Heart Fund at the Ticker-Tape Parade for Essential Workers


Hometown Heroes parade for essential workers kicks off


Press Release

Associated Press

$100 million fund created for dead health workers' families


Cigna and New York Life pledge $50 million for medics' families

Business First AM

“Medicine & money”


East Texas doctor honored with portrait in NYC

Business Insider

Insurers Cigna and New York Life team up on $50 million relief fund for families of healthcare workers killed by the coronavirus

Fierce Healthcare

Cigna, New York Life launch fund to support families of healthcare workers who died fighting COVID-19

Healthcare Financial News

Cigna, New York Life create fund for grieving families


Charity offers millions in grants to families of healthcare workers who died of COVID-19

Philanthropy News Digest

E4E launches $50 million fund for families of fallen healthcare workers

The Hartford Courant

Cigna and New York Life launch $50 million fund for survivors of healthcare workers

The Charlotte Observer

$50 million fund launched for families of health care workers killed by coronavirus

USA Today Special Edition: America Responds

Corporate compassion – Cigna, New York Life: For families