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Today’s heroes

Monday, Apr 6, 2020

* From the Effingham Daily News

Two local Certified Nursing Assistants are heading to the front lines of Illinois’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor Flowers of Mason and Kayla Summann of Altamont, both 23, will spend eight weeks in Chicago helping hospitals and medical facilities care for COVID-19 patients. […]

“My family was super encouraging. My boyfriend, Kevin, was my ultimate supporter and pushed me to go,” Flowers said.

Summann’s children and fiancé understood her desire to join health care workers in Chicago. She said her family agreed that it was the best move for her career, and though they are worried for her safety and health, Summann said her family shared words of encouragement.

* The paper’s Jeff Long has a regular “Roses and Thorns” column and he recently singled out the two women for praise

There really aren’t enough roses in the world for two local Certified Nursing Assistants who are now on the front lines of Illinois’ fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As EDN Reporter Kaitlin Cordes wrote this week: Taylor Flowers of Mason and Kayla Summann of Altamont, both 23, will spend eight weeks in Chicago helping hospitals and medical facilities care for COVID-19 patients. Cook County has amassed the state’s greatest number of cases and deaths. Flowers and Summann answered a request from a Chicago-based health care company to send workers to the northern part of the state to aid with the unprecedented influx of patients due to the virus. State officials on Tuesday even sent an alert to mobile devices seeking medically trained individuals to fight the spread of the virus. Flowers described her decision to fight the virus on the front lines as a calling. “And we haven’t looked back,” Flowers told Cordes.

You can choose to listen to the local politicians who admit to using the state’s historical divide to score political points, or you can listen to Taylor Flowers and Kayla Summann.

Best of luck, ladies! Go get ‘em!

- Posted by Rich Miller        

10 Comments
  1. - XonXoff - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 12:19 pm:

    Godspeed, ladies.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 12:23 pm:

    === You can choose to listen to the local politicians who admit to using the state’s historical divide to score political points, or you can listen to Taylor Flowers and Kayla Summann.===

    Science and the smarts of true heroes shine compared to the political gymnastics some are trying to perform.

    === “My family was super encouraging. My boyfriend, Kevin, was my ultimate supporter and pushed me to go,” Flowers said.

    Summann’s children and fiancé understood her desire to join health care workers in Chicago. She said her family agreed that it was the best move for her career===

    Look for the helpers.

    Dividers are rarely the helpers. Ever.


  3. - Amalia - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 12:30 pm:

    Thank you, Taylor and Kayla. Stay well.


  4. - Flapdoodle - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 12:34 pm:

    Salute [banned punctuation]


  5. - Proud Sucker - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 12:35 pm:

    What fabulous examples of caregivers. Thank you both.


  6. - Froganon - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 1:06 pm:

    Prayers and blessings to each of these women and to their families. Kudos to every person trying to help.


  7. - JoanP - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 2:07 pm:

    A couple of awesome women. More like them, and fewer covidiots, please.


  8. - Johnny Tractor - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 2:11 pm:

    Courageous, selfless and professional. Role models for any profession. Thank you, ladies!!!


  9. - revvedup - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 3:28 pm:

    True Illinois and American heroes. CNA’s do the dirty work of patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes…bathing, dressing, toileting, cleaning up bodily fluids. They are exposed to so much, yet paid so little. They are the “grunts” of the front lines of medical care.


  10. - Mama - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 9:52 pm:

    This is the best way to bridge the divide between Illinois’s the north and the south.

    They are brave ladies. I wish them good luck and good health.


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