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Pace praises health-care workers risking lives

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General manager Ryan Pace on Tuesday reiterated his support for the frontline health-care workers who are risking their lives treating coronavirus patients.

Just as he did during an April 3 conference call with the media, Pace opened a 15-minute phone conversation with ChicagoBears.com praising the health-care workers and discussing how fortunate he feels to work for the Bears.

"I would be remiss if I didn't say that when we stop and look at all the hardships around the country," Pace said. "I think we need to recognize that. And just the respect for the health-care workers that are waking up every morning and going in and getting dressed and putting themselves at risk and the sacrifices they're making and coming home to their families at night, I think that puts a lot of things in perspective for us when you look at the whole thing."

Pace had a similar message April 3 during his conference call to discuss moves the Bears have made since the start of the new league year.

"We know this is a difficult time for everyone," Pace said at the time. "We know this goes way beyond football. We're thinking of everyone right now and their safety, the healthcare workers on the frontlines during this time period. Our thoughts are with those guys, just the complete admiration and respect for everything that they're doing.

"I'm also very proud of the entire organization, the McCaskey family, Ted Phillips, how everyone in our building has pulled together right now as a Bears family. The best thing you can do is adapt and adjust to the situation. We've done that very quickly as an organization and I'm extremely proud to be a part of that."

Last Thursday the Bears and Bears Care, the team's charitable arm, announced a $1,920,000 commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts assisting those in need throughout Illinois.

As part of the commitment, $250,000 was donated to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund on March 20 and $250,000 will be donated each to the Advocate Charitable Foundation's Relief Fund for Critical Care, Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and the University of Chicago's Community Support Programs.

The Bears and Bears Care will continue to assess community needs and find ways to assist local charitable organizations in the coming weeks and months.

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