Vivian Garcia Leonard came to the United States as a Cuban refugee and fought to make a name for herself as a hospital pharmacist. She’s been on the job for 59 years, but in the wake of COVID-19 has had to stay home. Now her daughter, Vivian Janet Leonard, and granddaughter, Marissa Sofia Ochs, carry on the family legacy.

They spoke through StoryCorps Connect about the tough choices the coronavirus pandemic demands. 

Top Photo: Vivian Garcia Leonard (left), Baby Liana, Marissa Sofia Ochs, and Vivian Janet Leonard. Courtesy of Marissa Ochs. 
Bottom Photo: Vivian Garcia Leonard working as a pharmacist. 

Originally aired July 3rd, 2020 on NPR’s Morning Edition.