“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to COVID-19.

The life of Jerry Givens, a state executioner turned death-row abolitionist

The life of Calvin Haworth, a veteran who helped raise his granddaughters after unspeakable loss

The life of Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy, a modern-day warrior for the Kiowa tribe

The life of Rosary Castro-Olega, a retired nurse who returned to the frontlines

The life of Humberto Trujillo, the postmaster of Phoenix

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