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Naming The Beams For Dana Farber Patients

Posted on: August 14, 2009

Aw… this is so amazing 😀






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

Over the last month, the ironworkers have painted more than 100 names on the building and emblazoned part of their crane with a likeness of SpongeBob SquarePants. They have also painted a few special messages on the steel, like “Hi Hanna Get Well ASAP :)”
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4 Responses to "Naming The Beams For Dana Farber Patients"

I work at Dana-Farber – even though the new building is much further along in construction now, the names on the beams are still bright and visible. It’s worth a stroll down Brookline Ave just to see them.

Also, we have a lovely video on our website about this story – I’d love to know what you think!

Carolyn, thank you so much for your comment and the link – it’s so uplifting to see something like this. The video is so lovely, brought a little tear to my eye 🙂 Thanks again!

This is so beautiful, got a bit teary too!

Not that I want to make you cry, of course, but here’s another one we did in-house:

We had special structural beams for the new building that were painted white so people (staff, patients, family members) could write messages of hope. And then we interviewed some of the people and asked them what they write and why. It was an amazingly inspiring and emotional exercise – I hope you like it 🙂

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