'Stay home, stay safe.' That was the terse but crucial instruction shared in communities and around the world in an effort to curb the ravages of the worst pandemic in 100 years. That was clearly not an option, however, for the many responsible for making sure others still had access to life's necessities. And certainly not for healthcare providers who were testing, treating and comforting the sick and dying. Overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms and urgent care units, especially in large cities, were working beyond overtime with too little assistance and a too-limited understanding of COVID-19, especially in its early days. While most of us were staying safe by staying home, others were traveling to intensive care units at the epicenters of the virus to volunteer their time and skill, in a risk-filled effort to help in any way they could.