Difference Maker Makes Rapid Testing Available To First Responders

Susy Solis
July 31, 2020 - 10:28 am

A wife of a firefighter wouldn't take no for answer and got the Dallas Hispanic Firefighter's Association the rapid COVID-19 testing she thought they deserved. 

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Adriana Gallegos and her firefighter husband Brian Gallegos were concerned their son might have COVID-19 when he got sick a few weeks ago. They were sent to Virtual Care for Kids and got a telehealth appointment, then immediately got their son tested for COVID-19. Within 20 minutes, because of rapid testing, they got the results back that he was negative for the coronavirus. 

"It was just such a relief knowing that he didn't have it," Adriana said. 

As a board of member of the Dallas Hispanic FIrefighter's Association, Adriana had been calling and checking up on members to see how they were doing. She reached a member whose father was in the hospital with COVID-19 and whose mother had also tested positive. The member and his wife had gotten tested for COVID-19 and after 9 days still hadn't gotten their results. 

"I was just surprised that my son had gotten his results back within 20 minutes and our first responders were waiting 9 days, if not more, to get their results," she said. 

Concerned, Adriana called Armando Garza, the president of the Dallas Hispanic FIrefighters Association, to see about getting rapid testing for the members of the DHFA. 

"He said if you think you can do it, go for it!" she said. 

Looking for guidance, Adriana looked up the CEO of Virtual Care for Kids, where her son had gotten rapid testing. 

She found Kevin Pearce, the CEO of Virtual Care for Kids, which had expanded into Virtual Care for Families, on LinkedIn and sent him a message. 

"When you send someone a message on LinkedIn, you only have so many characters, so I had to send him three really impactful sentences to get a response," she said. 

And he did respond! He immediately replied and said he wanted to help. Everything started falling into place after that. 

Kevin donated a rapid testing machine and testing kits. Now Adriana had to look for a place to do the testing. She sent a message to Wilscot, which provides mobile offices and they donated a mobile office for testing. 

"When that happened I knew it was something that God wanted me to do," she said. 

For the Dallas Hispanic Firefighters Association, it's been a game changer. 

"Now we can go home without that feeling in the pit of our stomach wondering if we are infecting our families with it. It's been a game changer. We are so proud of Adriana and her role within the Dallas Hispanic Firefighter's Association. She's been a Godsend," said Christian Hinojosa, the Vice President of the DHFA. 

The association is seeking donations at DallasHFA.com​ to keep the testing site operating.

We're proud to call Adriana Gallegos this week's KRLD Difference Maker. 

If you know someone making a difference in the community, send Susy an email at susy.solis@entercom.com.