Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Awe Inspiring

Naming the beams for Dana Farber Patients

It has become a beloved ritual at Dana-Farber: Every day, children who come to the clinic write their names on sheets of paper and tape them to the windows of the walkway for ironworkers to see. And, every day, the ironworkers paint the names onto I-beams and hoist them into place as they add floors to the new 14-story Yawkey Center for Cancer Care.

The building’s steel skeleton is now a brightly colored, seven-story monument to scores of children receiving treatment at the clinic.

For the young cancer patients, who press their noses to the glass to watch new names added every day, the steel and spray-paint tribute has given them a few moments of joy and a towering symbol of hope.

Click through for the rest of the photo set, but if you are like me you will need a tissue.

Sometimes I come across things that completely replenish my faith in humanity. This was one of those things. It was too good to not share anywhere I could.

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