GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital's East Beltline Clinic all needed one thing: Hope. So they built it.
Their ArtPrize entry, displayed at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on Wealthy Street SE, spells out "HOPE."
"Hope is through suffering, rebuilding, perseverance and character, and there is light at the end of the tunnel," said occupational therapist Amy Heathfield, who helped coordinate the project.
Becky Barber went to Mary Free Bed after tendonitis progressed to the point where she couldn't use her left hand.
"It was frustrating," she said. "It was my left and I am left-handed. "
John Hernandez sustained a work injury.
"I tore my flexor tendon and had a pretty severe laceration," he described. "I bring home the bacon and there was a worry where that bacon was going to come from if I cannot do my job."
And along with 45 other hand and occupational therapy patients-turned-artists, they created the hope they needed to move forward.
Each letter in the piece has its own meaning.
The 'H' is made from melted down braces, often the first step in hand rehabilitation.
The 'O' is a collage of photos signifying a return to normalcy.
The 'P' is made up of items like spoons and shovels that patients need their hands to use.
"This signifies all of the instruments that patients would like to get their hands around," Heathfield said.
And shining brightly, the lighted 'E' represents the light at the end of the tunnel.
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