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Student COVID Emergency Fund: Help When It Is Needed

Dr. Mary Jerista Raab-McConnell ’64 to the rescue

Misericordia alumna Mary Jerista Raab-McConnell, M.D., ’64, responded within minutes when an appeal was sent out to support the COVID Student Emergency Fund. With a donation of $10,000, she helped Misericordia University take immediate action for students severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, one student feared she would not be able to return to school and would need to work full time to pay for insurance after being hospitalized by COVID-19. Emergency relief donations were used to pay for her insurance so that she could continue plans to graduate next spring. Another student faced not being able to complete her senior year

Dr. Raab says the amazing preparation and encouragement she received as a biology student allowed her to follow her dreams of going to the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania to become among the first graduates in Misericordia history to attain a medical degree.

A member of the Heart of Mercy Society, Dr. Raab has also included Misericordia in her planned giving. “I truly believe the inspiration for me to give back came from the Sisters of Mercy, who showed us by example how rewarding it is to give of yourself. I want future students to know the Misericordia way and hope that my bequest will help carry on the mission,” she states.

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