We love discovering and celebrating the extraordinary health care heroes who have an innate gift of being a Connector for and between others. At Cincinnati Children’s, KJ Upshaw a floor tech, noticed that two boys in treatment isolation were both passionate about LEGOs. As he watched each of the boys build and had conversations with them, he innately knew they would love sharing with each other. And he could be the bridge.
Each day, KJ joyfully shared messages and photos of progress between the two boys as they built in their separate rooms. This brief moment brightened each child’s day. It was a simple and meaningful gesture, above and beyond what was expected of Upshaw, yet an important reminder that every person who enters a patient room is part of the healing journey. The boys were able to meet face to face before leaving and plans for future playdates are underway.