I am so inspired by the philanthropy of one young Brigham family that had three healthy, beautiful babies delivered at the hospital. Both the mom and dad are eternally grateful for all the staff members who cared for them during their stay. They are also very passionate about the research of one such clinician, and they have chosen to honor this doctor through The Helix, a colorful display on the Braunwald Tower 2 mezzanine featuring messages of appreciation from patients, families and friends of the Brigham. Three vibrant DNA double-helix strands tower above rows of mirrors reflecting back into the space. In time, each mirror will hold a story of someone in our Brigham community. We don’t always know what inspires people’s generosity, but The Helix gives us a glimpse into that through the inscriptions on the mirrors.

The patient stories people share with my colleagues and me vary in specifics, but all share a common theme — gratitude. Each story reminds us of the incredible colleagues we have across the hospital and our mission-based work. We hope to capture a lifetime of stories through The Helix inscriptions and that everyone has a chance to stop by and read how our hospital has touched the lives of many.

Leigh Janczak
Assistant Vice President, Development Office