Alumni for COVID Medical Supply Relief

About:
Hi, I’m Brian Sheng, Princeton ‘18 I am the founder and CEO of Asia Horizon, a private equity investment and operating company. I’m currently based in Hong Kong and, along with my brother Eric Sheng (Wharton Undergrad ‘19) and a team of friends and alumni in mainland China, we are working to export parcels of PPE and medical supplies to doctors and healthcare providers in the US.

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We have strong connections to Chinese factories and are leveraging our network within the Princeton and Wharton/Penn communities to connect with alumni physicians and nurses who need supplies right away.

Last week on March 30th we tested our first supply drops to Princeton alumni doctors. Sending 2,000 facial masks to New York and San Francisco.

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Then on Friday April 3rd the first parcels arrived in NYC and SF!

Here are Dr. Sandra Kamholz Oza Princeton ‘02 and Dr. Kana Yamaguchi McKee who received the first shipments of 1,000 masks each directly to their homes.

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We have another 10,000+ masks, and PPE and supplies en route to alumni physicians and friends at hospitals around the US. With NYC being hit particularly hard right now we have 6,500 more masks going to Sandra next week.

We are sending supply parcels DIRECTLY to doctors to ensure that they quickly get into the hands of other medical staff and colleagues. 

We're in contact directly with doctors and healthcare workers at the frontlines around the country:

1. Dr. Andrew Satz (Ascension / St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis)
2. Dr. Dana Guyer Princeton'02 (Lifespan / Brown University Hospital)
3. Dr. Kana Y. McKee Princeton'02 (Veteran's Affairs Hospital San Francisco)
4. Dr. Sandra Oza Princeton'02 (Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY)
5. Dr. Tara Martin Princeton'00 (Valley Medical Center)
6. Dr. Yen Tay Princeton'00 (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

We want to keep connecting with doctors in the Princeton and Penn/Wharton Alumni networks (as well as others) so that we can keep directly sending out supplies.

But we need YOUR help.

Each parcel of 2000 units of PPE costs roughly $2000 to ship from China directly to the doctor’s door within 4-6 days.

Please DONATE to this campaign so that we can continue to keep the flow of supplies from China to the US unbroken. Every $2000 we raise sends another parcel for distribution. Once we get to our $100K GOAL, we can effectively scale our operation by securing priority relationships with the best supply factories in China.

Please SHARE this campaign with your classmates, friends, neighbors and anyone who is willing to give and trust that their money will truly help save lives by helping front line healthcare providers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please REFER us to other front line Physicians and Nurses who are willing to help by receiving packages of supplies and distributing to colleagues. We need 100 more alumni affiliated health care providers to send out to this week.

ALSO if Anyone has high-level contacts with Governor Cuomo’s offices in NY, or other state-level procurement offices, please send them via the form below.

Google Form link to the DONATION REQUEST here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kL5n7cFphxg50SRJRuh3_8SwvIxnxiidNIAxxsuW2Wc/edit to put us in contact with PPE supply recipients and to have them TELL US WHAT THEY NEED!

You can find out more about us and directly contact us at https://www.covidsupplyteam.org/

With YOUR help we can make a difference!

In addition to the teams in Hong Kong and China, Rel Lavizzo-Mourey Princeton ‘02, Wharton ‘15  is helping us coordinate a growing list of alumni and personal network physicians and can be a direct contact in the U.S. for PPE donation recipients ([email redacted]). Rel's company in California is now manufacturing alternative cloth masks that they are donating to their network of healthcare professionals and essential workers via the Traveler Mask Project: https://travelersurfclub.com/collections/fabric-face-masks
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UPDATES AND NOTES FROM PHYSICIANS WE ARE IN CONTACT WITH BELOW:

Dear Brian:

I am a full-time practicing physician and the leader of a 93-physician anesthesia group that covers Ascension/St. Vincent hospitals in Indianapolis. We are at a critical juncture with Covid19. Indeed, this crisis has brought us all together as one to pool all of our resources, challenge our ingenuity and to share hope. It is our hope and prayer that your foundation and precious resources can help us out.

It has come to my attention that you may have access to N95 masks. As you know we are in desperate need for N95 masks on the front lines. Our supplies are dwindling and soon the risks to my Physicians, first responders and other numerous healthcare providers will be escalating. Anesthesiologists and ER Physicians are at even greatest risk because they are subjected to the highest viral loads/shedding (most concentrated amount of virus)when trying to insert a lifesaving breathing tubes. We would be forever grateful if you could ship some of the N95s to my home address and I will distribute them to our Physicians, who will soon run out. We however do not want more than our fair share, only a commensurate amount you might consider for other groups of healthcare providers. 

I told my courageous partners this today…… I am confident that history will one day judge and recognize the amazing tenacity, work ethic and selflessness that you all displayed when our country was in crisis. I am with you and I have witnessed it. As you walk into the harm’s way today remember that your actions are truly creating and preserving the future for our family and loved ones.

Thank you for your consideration,

Andrew Satz MD
Managing Member Northside Anesthesia Services, LLC
www.nasllc.org

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Dear Brian,

In Rhode Island, we are fortunately not at the level of infection being experienced in New York City, but the cases of covid-19 are increasing each day. I’m a palliative care doctor, taking care of people with serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. This population is extraordinarily vulnerable and infection with Coronavirus has a high likelihood of death. I have been counseling my patients with advanced cancer to stay home, to avoid loved ones and sometimes to opt against coming for chemotherapy treatments. I’m talking at our routine visits about what to do in case of coronavirus infection and usually we’re recommending against life support and ventilators. These are tough conversations for patients and family members (usually family members are on a speaker phone because they aren’t allowed in clinic and the hospital any more). These conversations are both tough for the patients to hear and tough for me to deliver, especially from behind a mask and without a comforting touch.

I also work for a non-profit hospice, the largest one in Rhode Island, and our nurses are going from home to home of incredibly sick patients without enough protection. As community transmission becomes widespread, proper protective gear for our frontline nurses, CNAs, social workers and chaplains is essential to protect the healthcare workers and protect the hospice patients. While a death from lung cancer in hospice care can be a peaceful experience, we’re trying our best to prevent covid-19 from robbing these patients of their final weeks or months with their loved ones.

We appreciate the generosity of all of those who are helping us get the appropriate PPE to do our jobs effectively; our aim is always to do what is medically appropriate and effective, with compassion and without having to fear for our own safety and the safety of our patients.

Best,

Dana Guyer MD

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Who is #COVIDSupplyTeam

Brian Sheng is the founder and CEO of Asia Horizon, a private equity investment and operating company focused on the legal hemp and cannabis industry in the US and China. Prior to Asia Horizon, Brian was a General Partner of Arcview Ventures, the largest cannabis-focused investment group in the US. Before joining the cannabis industry, Brian was a venture capitalist focused on investments in frontier categories in the US and China. Brian is active in organizations advancing Sino-US relations, and graduated from Princeton University.

As the coronavirus outbreak became increasingly severe, Brian realized the environment surrounding vital healthcare supply chain management and procurement was broken.  Working constantly between the US and China, Brian aims to leverage his network around the world to provide life-saving resources to those who need them most.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-sheng 

Eric Sheng is the founder and CEO of Beam Coffee, a robotic coffee shop company building Smart Cafes to automate retail and serve the most convenient cup of specialty coffee. Prior to Beam, Eric was a member of FND Technology Group's Intl. Business Development team, where he helped deploy atmospheric water generators to South Africa during the Cape Town water crisis. Eric attended The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwsheng/

Rel Lavizzo-Mourey is Princeton class of '02 and holds an MBA from Wharton. She is the owner of Silver Lining apparel which creates outerwear lined with original artwork to highlight the idea that "it's what's inside that counts". Rel also co-owns Traveler Surf Clubs with her partner Julie Cox. Between the two companies, they have established relationships with multiple cut & sew factories in both the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, where retail locations are based. Shortly after closing shop doors in March, they learned of the initial PPE supply shortages through Rel's Princeton classmates who are physicians in NY, SF and RI. In response, they quickly began manufacturing California-Made alternative non-sterile cloth masks that they are fundraising for and donating to their network of healthcare professionals and essential workers via the Traveler Mask Project: https://travelersurfclub.com/collections/fabric-face-masks

Rel is proud to also be a part of this grassroots solution-based response to matching medical practitioners with the types hospital-grade of PPE that they truly need.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rellm/
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