macy nolenMacy Nolen, a high school student, set up a GoFundMe page to support UAB's fight against COVID-19.Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, high-school student Macy Nolen has been in isolation with her family. But as the Springville, Alabama, resident watched the disease unfold throughout the state, she realized she "wanted to do more to help than just stay at home," she says.

So, Nolen, who is 17 and aspires to work in healthcare at UAB one day, led the charge among her friends and family to raise money to assist healthcare workers, support treatment expansion, and fuel research at the university. She set up a GoFundMe page that benefitted the UAB Coronavirus Response Support Fund—then shared the page through email and social media.

Nolen's initial goal was to raise $500, which she surpassed within two days. She and her mother, Maranda Nolen, increased her goal to $750 and ultimately $1,000, which she reached by the end of the campaign.

Maranda Nolen said Macy donated much of her own money to the cause—and that she's thinking of more ways to help. "She was so encouraged by everyone’s generosity, and I think it has inspired her to do more. She is already talking about her next campaign."

Macy Nolen plans to earn a nursing degree and then study to become a pediatric cardiologist—possibly at UAB. Healthcare workers are the heroes in the battle against the virus, she says. "They're working extremely hard and honestly not getting enough credit for all they are doing. I just hope we have been able to help out our frontline workers and keep them safe—and I hope we can help in finding a vaccine."