Together, we can do so much.
As you are so intimately aware, we are in the wake of uncertain and turbulent times. The people most aware of this reality are the ones who so heroically put both their lives and the lives of their families at risk each time they go to work—the medical personnel in hospitals. The absolute bravery, kindness, and courage these people are showing to patients and their communities inspire me and so many others.
My 8-year-old niece, Kayla, and I were video-chatting on Friday night, she mentioned her idea to thank these medical heroes. I was instantly inspired. My sister, Jillian Wright, is an ICU nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital working on the front lines during the pandemic. It is not only scary for the nurses, doctors, and first responders but also for the radiology departments, facilities, engineering departments, sanitation workers, dining service, and the people they go home to, their families. Kayla wanted to say thank you to Jillian and all of her co-workers for a job tremendously well done, so we devised a plan. We created a giant sign on Saturday and Sunday. Kayla sketched out her idea; we printed stencils for the letters and the red cross sign, cut the letters out, taped them together, and painted! We assembled the display with a little help from some K&J Tree Service employees on Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, we were ready to show Jillian and all the wonderful members of the Yale-New Haven Hospital community what we had done in our spare time.