What’s in a name? Everything.

February 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm 7 comments

Just when I was beginning to think it would never be possible to dig emotionally deep enough to warm the bitter recesses of my cold, cold heart – I get an email with a link to a story so uplifting I couldn’t not pass it on.
::: ^5 Springdaddy :::

dfnamesIt’s about a bunch of steely-eyed ironworkers building the new 14-story Yawkey Center at Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute who have figured out a truly ingenious way to give sick children help … in the form of hope.

“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,” writes Michael Levenson of The Boston Globe.
“And, every day, the ironworkers paint the names onto I-beams and hoist them into place as they add floors” to the building.

dfnames2a3“It’s fabulous,” one patient’s mother said.

“It’s just a simple little act that means so much. They don’t have to do this, the guys. They could just do their job and do a good job at it and give us a building that we can get treatment at, but they go the extra step and that’s huge.”

Most days, Levenson writes, “the clinic’s walkway fills up like the passageway of an aquarium, packed with children gazing through the glass.

“When a new name goes up on the building, the children cheer and clap.”

 The building is quickly becoming a monument — living testimony — to lives of the scores of children receiving treatment at the clinic.

dfnames3Over 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 :)’ ”

Click here to watch a video of the ironworkers in action and read Levenson’s full story.
** just be sure you have a box of Puffs on standby **

The Boston Globe Story
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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I bet THIS wasn’t on his Bucket List! A bum idea


  • 1. Ponchita  |  February 26, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    grrrr@ you on the repost (kudos deep down though fo real). just when i thought i was over my hallmark emotional breakdown from earlier, i come here to see this reposted and have to grab the kleenex again.
    amazing story though. those tough guys are doing a really,really sweet thing and you know it just makes those kids days when they see their name like that. grrrrr…need another hanky.

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  February 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I know, right! It’s so sweet — and you KNOW I don’t do sweet unless it comes complete with a Whitman’s stamp … but I couldn’t help myself on this one!!

  • 3. springdaddy  |  February 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    You share sweet well, Cookie!

  • 4. Chris  |  February 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Wow. Thanks for sharing. =D

  • 5. writechicpress  |  February 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm


    That was the sound of the twinkly tear squeezing out of the corner of my left eye.

    So sweet.

  • 6. girlofwords  |  February 27, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Sigh. My black heart melts slightly.

  • 7. lifeisacookie  |  February 27, 2009 at 11:08 am


This is the shit you bitches are reading

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