Tuesday, September 1, 2009

DC Health Care Mural

No better way to start the new month off on the blog than with a mural dedicated to health care reform which will be debated and hopefully passed this fall on Capitol Hill.

The below art work/mural is on side of a gas station on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase DC. The artist is Regina Holliday, who lost her husband in June to cancer. 39 year old Fred Holliday didn't have health insurance, and Regina believes that if he did have health insurance he would have received earlier diagnosis and better treatment, and may have been saved. Now the mother of two boys (ages 3 and 10 years old) hopes to get this message out, "This this horrible, horrible thing had to happen to us. We had such a stressful time, our entire hospitalization experience. We couldn't do anything to save him, but if we stepped forward, we could save other people, and we could make a difference with his life" as recently reported by a local news station who told her story.

I met Regina while I was taking these photographs. I actually had seen her before where she worked at the local toy store in Chevy Chase. She told me she plans to find other locations to paint her mural's and continue her push to "Change the Face of Healthcare"

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