donate plasma, save lives.

Recovered from COVID-19?

Your Plasma can help patients fight COVID-19. is a not-for-profit started in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic that facilitates the donation of COVID-19 convalescent plasma to save lives. pays it forward by donating $100 per plasma donation in the donor’s name to God’s Love We Deliver or any other Food is Medicine Coalition member nearest to the donor. God’s Love We Deliver and the Food is Medicine Coalitionprovide medically tailored meals to those living with serious illness. Read more about our beneficiaries and and special beneficiary promotions here. is a member of The Fight Is In Us Coalition.

how it saves

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. As a result of your infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies, which is one way your immune system fought the virus when you were sick. Your plasma is now known as COVID-19 convalescent plasma.

how it works

Check your donor eligibility and all FAQ’s via CovidPlasma.Org You must make the plasma donation to a non-profit blood bank that does not itself pay for your donation and the blood blank will need to provide a receipt to you. Check your donor locations via American Association of Blood Banks Submit your plasma donation receipt below on PlasmaSaves.Org to receive confirmation of our $100 donation in your name to your nearest Food is Medicine Coalition location

donate plasma. save lives.

Not only will you be donating COVID-19 convalescent plasma to someone in need but we will be making a $100 contribution in your name to God’s Love We Deliver New York or any other Food is Medicine Coalition member nearest to you. Check out our not-for-profit charity partners & resources.

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For questions about donation submission, Contact us at:

our mission

Last May, our brother/brother-in-law, Michael Brekka, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given 90 days to live. We tried everything in our power to help him. It was sadly not enough, and he lost his battle. After his passing, our efforts left us feeling grief-stricken, and completely helpless.

A familiar feeling of helplessness returned in March when COVID-19 hit our beloved hometown of New York City. Witnessing so many lives lost due to COVID-19 in NYC, we were compelled to take action. Watching cities across America become crippled emotionally, socially and economically motivated us to take action. So many families have experienced loss and hardship in America, and around the world, due to this novel virus.

It’s our hope that we significantly contribute to the greater effort of COVID-19 convalescent plasma collection to assist in the recovery of COVID-19 patients and save lives. And, in doing so, motivating others to donate and join us — all while paying it forward to the food is medicine mission.

Marisol & Richard

Our Beneficiaries

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God’s Love We Deliver

The mission of God’s Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All of our services are provided free to clients without regard to income.

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Food is Medicine Coalition

The Food Is Medicine Coalition is an association of nonprofit medically tailored food and nutrition service providers. Their purpose is to provide a complete, evidence-based, medical food and nutrition intervention to critically and chronically ill people in their communities and to share the best practices in the provision of medically tailored meals and of nutrition education and counseling. The monetary contribution from goes to the nearest Food Is Medicine Coalition partner based on the plasma donation zip code.

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NJ Stands Up To Covid

The NJ Stands Up to Covid effort raises funds to cover the cost of testing and validating serum for treatment and to develop new drugs and a vaccine. The funds raised will benefit research associated with this test at The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation and other innovate therapies at Hackensack Meridian Health. If you donate your COVID-19 convalescent plasma at Hackensack Meridian Health, will make a $100 monetary contribution in your name to NJ Stands Up to Covid.

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Marisol Lugo Brekka


Marisol Lugo Brekka is a Cuban American and the co-founder of the Brekka Group, LLC. The Brekka Group is a boutique investment firm that makes long term investments in growing companies in diverse sectors and markets. Its portfolio consists of companies in the financial services, technology, e-commerce, real estate, and consumer product sectors.

Marisol began her career in 1994 with Bank of America’s management training program.  Marisol specialized in mergers and acquisitions within the manufacturing and distribution industries. Her portfolio consisted of several Fortune 500 companies mostly in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid- West regions. She has been in the financial services industry for 28 years. Her passion is working with entrepreneurs helping to create financial and strategic solutions to growing companies.

Marisol has always been a strong advocate for non-profits dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged and Latino communities. She is co-founder of which is a not-for-profit she help start as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic that facilitated the donation of COVID-19 convalescent plasma to save lives. assisted in the collection of over 600,000 units of convalescent plasma during the pandemic. It has been nationally recognized by the Fight Is In Us Coalition and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as one of the US leading organizations that helped create a national awareness campaign for plasma collection.  Marisol has previously also served on the board for the Tampa Bay YMCA and Columbus Children’s Hospital Development Board. 

Marisol was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and learned to speak English at the age of five. She received a degree in Finance from Florida Southern College and MBA from the University of Tampa. She is member of the Harvard Business School 2021 Women on Boards Program.   Marisol resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Richard Brekka


Richard Brekka is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Second Alpha Partners, a value-oriented private equity firm focused on secondary and secondary-linked direct investments in mature venture-stage, growth-equity and middle-market companies showing prospects for superior future growth. He is a passionate spokesman for the importance of secondary investing to the overall health of the innovation economy. For more than twenty years, Richard has invested in growth-oriented tech companies – particularly software-as-a-service, mobile content, communication services and Internet opportunities.

He currently serves as a board member of TeraGo Networks (TSX: TGO) and as a board observer of Payfone. Previously, Richard served on the boards of Appia Communications (acquired by CallTower), AVST (acquired by StoneCalibre), TouchCommerce (acquired by Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN)), Sixth Sense Media (acquired by Evolving Systems), the Guild (acquired by Digital Fuel Capital) and SeaPass (acquired by Internet Capital Group).

Prior to founding Second Alpha, Richard was President, Managing Partner and founder of Dolphin Equity Partners, a New York-based venture firm. Between 1998 and 2010, Dolphin raised two funds and invested in nearly three dozen portfolio companies. At Dolphin, Richard was Chairman of the Board of Gomez (acquired by Compuware – the acquisition represented one of the top ten largest exits in the venture industry during 2009), and was a board member of Mobile Armor (acquired by Trend Micro), Enpocket (acquired by Nokia), Seapass (acquired by Internet Capital Group), AVST (acquired by StoneCalibre), SixthSense Media (acquired by Evolving Systems) and Overtone (acquired by KANA).

Before Dolphin, Richard was a Managing Director in the private equity investment group at CIBC and President of CIBC’s U.S. private equity subsidiaries. While at CIBC, he was on the board of ten communications companies, including Telesystems International Wireless (acquired by Vodaphone), Orion Network Systems (acquired by Loral), and Transit Communications (acquired by DialPage). Prior to CIBC, he was with Chase Capital and led the Firm’s investments in Nextel (NASD: NXTL) and DisCom Communications (acquired by Nextel).

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Anne Keating

Senior Advisor

Anne Keating, former Senior Vice President of Public Relations for Bloomingdale’s, was responsible for the initiation, creation and direction of Bloomingdale’s press efforts, special events and philanthropic endeavors for all stores nationwide up until August 2017. She was also the company’s official spokesperson.  In October 2017, Anne transitioned into a consultant to Bloomingdale’s CEO for philanthropy and other projects, in addition to establishing her own private consultancy.


Keating is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Associates of the Old Vic and HELP USA/Mentoring USA. She previously served on the board of NYC & Company and continues on the Director’s Council of the Children’s Museum of the Arts. She also serves as an advisor to the Child Mind Institute and is a member of the Dream Team for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centers.


Due to her leadership in steering the public relations and philanthropic efforts for Bloomingdale’s and her personal mission to give back to her community, New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI) proudly named Keating as a recipient of the 2010 Matrix Award.  She has also been recognized for her guidance, commitment and philanthropic work by Upward Inc., the New York Center for Children, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Children’s Museum of the Arts, as well as the Girls Scouts of Greater New York.


In addition, Help USA awarded Keating the HELP HERO award for her years of leadership in the effort to combat domestic violence and homelessness. The Anne Keating Scholarship Fund was established in her honor in 2008 to grant young mothers the funds to pursue educational opportunities.


Prior to joining Bloomingdale’s in 1995 as Vice President of Public Relations, Keating was the Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events, and Corporate Services at FAO Schwarz. She also served as the Director of Bridal and Gift Services at Bloomingdale’s earlier in her career. She began her retail career at Tiffany & Co.  Keating holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey.

Sara Roberts

Senior Advisor

Sara Roberts McCarley is a non-profit professional with experience in global, national and local organizations.  With over 25 years of experience in this sector, she has worked in healthcare philanthropy, international program development and a myriad of state/local organizations with a variety of missions and focus areas. 
Currently, Sara serves as the founder and chairman of the Randy Roberts Foundation that works to cultivate Florida’s future leaders through civic engagement and public service. Since 2009, the Randy Roberts Foundation has pledged $331,000 in undergraduate scholarships and impacted more than 200 high school students through leadership programming. Alumni of the organization are now doctors, lawyers, teachers, national security staff, military leaders, all making a difference in their respective communities. The Randy Roberts Foundation is currently in partnership with and housed at Florida Southern College where Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. 

Sara was elected as a Lakeland City Commissioner in Lakeland, Florida, in January 2019.  She continues to support many organizations as an active board member including, Lakeland Vision Education Chair, Lakeland Area Mass Transit and Citrus Connection Vice Chair, Harrison School for the Performing Arts Parent Association President, Polk County Transportation Planning Organization member, and Bonnet Springs Park Arts and Culture Co-Chair.

James Sanger

Senior Advisor

James Sanger is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Second Alpha Partners, a value-oriented private equity firm focused on secondary and secondary-linked direct investments in mature venture-stage, growth-equity and middle-market companies showing prospects for superior future growth.  He is an author and frequent speaker on topics related to advanced technologies, business innovation and the evolution of venture capital investing. Jim has spent more than twenty years as a venture capitalist, secondary investor, corporate advisor and technology executive. He currently serves as a board member of and TeraGo Networks (TSX:TGO). Previously, Jim served as a board observer of EverQuote (NASDAQ: EVER), as a board member and Chairman of Sixth Sense Media (acquired by Evolving Systems) and as a board member of AVST (acquired by StoneCalibre).

Prior to Second Alpha, Jim was a General Partner at ABS Ventures, where he focused on investments that combined elements of traditional venture investing with secondary share purchases in growth companies. At ABS, Jim’s investments included Everbridge (NASDAQ: EVBG), Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS), Gomez (acquired by Compuware), Inxight Software (acquired by Business Objects/SAP), AlphaBlox (acquired by IBM (NYSE: IBM)), Overtone (acquired by KANA) and Intralinks (acquired in a syndicated buyout led by Rho Partners). Jim was also a senior member of the ABS team that structured the secondary purchases of several portfolios of venture assets from Deutsche Bank.

Kate Walsh

Senior Advisor

Kate Walsh is a Marketing & Communications executive and founder of KTW Brand Consulting, a strategic consultancy that provides marketing, communications and business development solutions at launch & scale stages. Her key clients include Fabletics by Kate Hudson (TechStyle Fashion Group), L’Oreal Paris, Pat McGrath Labs, PVH Corp. (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger & Heritage Brands), Swarovski Group, and Tapestry, Inc. (Coach, Kate Spade & Stuart Weitzman).

Prior to founding her own business, Walsh was Global Head of Marketing & Communications for the design-duo Viktor&Rolf between Amsterdam & Paris [Diesel Group] — and, before that, with the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation for nearly 10 years between New York & Amsterdam as International Marketing & Communications Director. Walsh brings tremendous global experience having lived in the US, Europe and Asia effectively communicating across global and local demands and building long-lasting relationships across all of these regions.

Walsh has led philanthropic efforts on behalf of her personal network and clients including work with Mass General Hospital Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS, Tommy Cares, the philanthropic arm of Tommy Hilfiger, Swarovski Foundation/Swarovski Water School, the Breast Cancer Research Fund, and the United Nation’s Girl Up organization.

Walsh holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Strategy, and Leadership & Change Management.

Emma Stern

Operations Manager

Emma is currently an Assistant at Second Alpha Partners and manages the implementation of executive administration, business, and personal support to the CEOs and CFO. She has previously held internships in the wealth management, accounting, and event planning industries. She has also volunteered in the special needs and health education spaces. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UCLA. 

Michael Brekka

Web and Graphic Designer

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