A group of more than 100 Lehigh University students and their families,
all members of the Chinese community, rallied together to support St.
Luke’s University Health Network in this time of great need. What
started out as an idea for a small fundraising campaign turned into a
life-saving initiative to purchase N95 and disposable 3-ply face masks –
critical personal protective equipment (PPE) – to help keep the
network’s front-line caregivers safe as they fight back against
The fundraiser was initiated by the Zhengnan Chen family and Yicheng Gao
family – who also managed all the bookkeeping for the donations.
Originally, the students and their families had coordinated the purchase
of 4,000 masks, but thanks to the generosity of the Liwen Fu family,
who alone contributed an additional 2,000 masks, a total of 6,000 masks
were shipped to the Lehigh Valley and provided to St. Luke’s. For the
students, this was a way of expressing gratitude and respect to local
healthcare providers and the Lehigh Valley community that has felt so
much like home for them.
To learn more about opportunities to support St. Luke’s University
Health Network in the fight against COVID-19, visit
. The network is
accepting monetary gifts to its COVID-19 Response Fund, as well as
donations of blood, PPE, and other supplies to help keep front-line
caregivers and patients safe.