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Marti Hand.
Nurse-Artist

For me, a leukemia diagnosis and the need for a stem-cell transplant is the day the sky fell and my life as I knew it ended.

Going from healthy, on no prescription medications, to a life-threatening medical condition was hard to accept. It has taken me close to 3 years to finally accept I will never be the same person, at least physically. Hopefully, I am a better version of my former self.

As a nurse and artist working in clinical analytics, research, and quality management, the focus is always on patients, families, and meeting clinical outcome metrics. For me, that focus has changed to healthcare professionals and workers. The current COVID-19 pandemic has created a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) creating a situation where health professionals put their lives at risk every minute they are helping others…this is unacceptable. Masks For Healthcare Workers is on a mission to design and fabricate a mask that is washable, reusable, and thus sustainable with better protective qualities over the current standard surgical mask.

I have much to be grateful for and gifted this second opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Mabel Barba
Film & TV Art Director

Never crossed my mind I, a very active and healthy woman, would end up with a leukemia diagnosis, a wiped bone marrow and be reborn with a new immune system.

At the age of 30, I was living the “American dream” with a career in the Film Industry gaining momentum as an Art Director. I believed my life was heading in the right direction. Never crossed my mind I, a very active and healthy woman, would end up with a leukemia diagnosis, a wiped bone marrow and be reborn with a new immune system. This drastic change in life introduced me to the fascinating world of Blood Marrow Transplant (BMT), where I met Marti.

I have so much to be thankful for and not enough ways to show it. Therefore, this project is dedicated to the ones that constantly help us heal physically and emotionally.

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