An Ode to Dr. Fauci
The Man, the Myth, the Legend. Sure, every dad with at least 2 kids has been gifted this shirt and worn it with pride since the creation of dads. But when it comes down to Dr. Anthony Fuaci, that simple sentence couldn’t ring more true. Over the next 6-7 minutes I am going to take you on a rollercoaster of a ride that highlights the top moments of this majestic man’s career who now seems to have the United States at will with every word he speaks.
Dr. Fauci was born on December 24th 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, making him 79 (!!) years old. Growing up Fauci starred as the captain of his high school basketball team but clearly this man had bigger dreams.
Fauci would forego his NBA aspirations, and instead do what every kid who doesn’t make the league does; attend Cornell medical school and finish 1st in his class. Given his size, he’s generously listed as 5’6”, this was probably the right decision.
Dr. Fauci quickly moved the ranks in his professional life, and in 1984 he became director of the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases), a position that he still holds today. He has been at the head of this role for over 35 years and has served under every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. Over his truly remarkable career, he played significant roles in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Zika, & the Ebola virus.
No stranger to the workplace, ‘Fauch’ (a nickname that I may have just invented but it feels right) is notoriously known to work 15-hour days, and that is under normal circumstances (i.e. not a global pandemic). It’s estimated (by my brain) that at this time that number has increased closer to the 20-hour mark, during weekdays. It truly is amazing the effort and time that he, and so many like him are putting in help slow down this virus. Still, after accounting for the seemingly endless workdays, ‘Fauch’ still finds time to hit the streets. That’s right, not only is Dr. Fauci a workaholic but a self-diagnosed addict to running.
Its been said that on an average day he will run 6-7 miles on his lunch break. No matter how time consuming, he makes sure to always get his miles on. Though these days, he has been quoted as having to dial it back or skip the run in entirety. Given the nature of his current responsibility, one can surely understand.
In what seems to have happened over night, he has basically reached folk lore status in the states, as people continue to look to him for guidance. Of course he has a giant internet following, and his twitter fan page already has over 17k followers despite being made less than a month ago.
Not to mention, there is a real push for him being nominated to some of our more prestigious accomplishments, such as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”.
Needless to say, I think this is a great time to shine a light on some of these heroes who are on the front line fighting for us everyday. It is a very long list of first responders, healthcare workers, and many, many others who are putting their lives on hold, and often at risk, in order to achieve the greater good. We owe our sincerest gratitude to these people who will continue to go to battle day in and day out. Hopefully, we can continue to provide the proper support to these people and the one’s in our lives that need it the most. If you know anyone that deserves a special shoutout in this time, reach out to us and we would be more than happy to give the proper recognition. We will get thru this and when we do, the first drink is on me. I’ll see you all on the other side.