More than $47,000 has been raised through an online campaign for the family of the Jamaica doctor who was murdered in the mass shooting at Bronx Lebanon Hospital late last month.
Dr. Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, 32, was the sole fatality in the June 30 shooting. The dedicated doctor from the Hillcrest neighborhood of Jamaica was covering a shift for a colleague when Dr. Henry Bello entered the 16th floor of the hospital at 173rd Street and Grand Concourse and shot six people before fatally shooting himself.
The fundraiser, created by friend and colleague Ahmed Rezk, will help pay for Tam’s funeral costs and expenses. Over $47,300 from the community has been raised in just nine days.
“Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician,” Rezk writes. “She touched lives of many. She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs.”
Donors offered varying words of grief, support and commemoration on the page.
“You will forever be missed my beautiful Dr. Tam,” said colleague Caroline Hoering. “Such a wonderful human being … The Wellness Family would never be the same without you.”
“All her hard work for a life cut short,” James Lum wrote. “This reminds us to kiss our loved ones every day when we leave home.”
To donate to or share the fundraiser on social media, click here.