Many pharmacists choose their profession at least in part because it provides opportunities to help others. Sometimes, however, they rise above their day-to-day obligations and give even more of themselves to their patients, their coworkers and to others in their communities.
Some give of themselves quite literally, such as Kathleen Kirkland, a staff pharmacist at CVS in Kernersville, N.C., who donated a kidney to a patient who was in dire need of a transplant.
Others step up in times of medical emergencies, such as David Kaiser, who administered CPR to a man who had passed out in his HomeTown Pharmacy parking lot in Hart, Mich., ensuring he stayed alive until paramedics arrived.
Many become heroes in times of natural disaster, such as Lee Anderson, store manager and pharmacy technician at a Walgreens in Lahaina, Hawaii, who risked her life as a massive fire was engulfing her town to ensure that her staff was safe, and Joe Shunnarah of Joe’s Pharmacy in Harvest, Ala., whose spirit of community service helped people in his area survive a destructive tornado.
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Still others use their position and training to help others around the country and around the world, such as Jennifer Jackson, a pharmacy manager and pharmacist at a Walmart in Tyler, Tex., who also is a speaker, author and philanthropist who supports women, children and families through a range of charitable activities.