It was an honor… to be a part of this. I kid you not- there were hours and hours and hours late into the night perfecting each portrait and making edits over the span of the past 6+ months.
But this past Tuesday – to see the work in fruition and how it touched the families made it all worth it. More than worth it.
I would be lying if I didn’t tell you it was bittersweet – the entire project.
I mean the whole idea is to give hope to NICU families that there are indeed happy endings in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Happy endings. Babies that come home. Babies that survive.
If you aren’t familiar with the Wall of Hope, each portrait was a picture of a NICU graduate. It had a picture of them in the NICU, and a picture of them today. It had their story, written by their parents, their birth weight, their time spent in the NICU and the things they love and enjoy today.
In one word, this wall is powerful. I couldn’t get over the presence of it. And to top it off, each child’s parents picked a word to represent their NICU journey – which was cut out of wood and hand painted by the kids themselves.
This project is and has been amazing!!!
Reading their stories, seeing their pictures and them watching the kids glow at seeing themselves on the wall was a magical experience. To be a part of my daughter’s hospital this way. We hope to continue to add to this beautiful wall too. There will sadly always be families that need just a little bit of hope.