The New York Times and Breakwater Studios present “Cause of Life”, a series celebrating the messy, imperfect and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

 

Rosary Castro-Olega

As told by her twin sister, fellow nurse and lifelong dance partner Rosalie

Rosary Castro-Olega was a retired nurse who returned to the
front lines to fight the virus, ultimately becoming one of the Filipino-American
nurses who were disproportionately killed by the virus.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/L9BgO1DRbXc

Humberto Trujillo

As told by his daughter Mikki, the first in the family to graduate from college

A hard-working bricklayer from the projects, Humberto
Trujillo helped build the main Phoenix post office — and rose to
become his city’s first Hispanic postmaster.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/2mt1htJOCw0

Calvin Haworth

As told by his granddaughter, the Olympian Kara Goucher, whose career he inspired

When his son-in-law was killed in a tragic car crash, World War II veteran Calvin Haworth became a surrogate parent and an activist against drunk driving in Minnesota.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ToeaNTuhijE

Jerry Givens

As told by his colleague and friend Abe

A devout christian, Jerry Givens was Virginia’s chief executioner, before he became
an advocate of abolishing the death penalty.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Z54YKtkqRg

Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy

As told by her cousin Robert

Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy was a teenage mother raised on a Native American reservation who overcame great odds to become a Kiowa tribe legislator in Oklahoma.

https://youtu.be/KaNpz6iFHZg