Giving to Healthcare Heroes: Sam and Caroline Brabeck

Daughters of Lahey Physician Team Up for COVID Patients

Every day, Sam and Caroline Brabeck ask their father about his day at work. David Brabeck, MD, a physician at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and his daughters could see that the long days were tiring, not just for their dad, but for the patients, too. They started a poster campaign to brighten people’s days, and it took off.

“The patients, they weren’t able to see family or friends, and it makes that experience that much harder,” Sam, 16, explained. 

Their goal was to make enough colorful posters with uplifting messages for every patient in a unit on the 7th floor. “I used a lot of happy quotes and rainbows,” Caroline, 12, said. “‘Feel better soon’ and ‘You got this.’”

Then the girls put out a call for help on social media. They asked their friends from their neighborhood in Reading and teammates from swim and volleyball to join the cause. They collected more than 280 posters, enough to send to patients and nursing stations on several different floors.

“It was wonderful to see the girls work together to find a meaningful way to brighten others’ days,” said Karen Kiley-Brabeck, PhD, the girls’ mother.

I was so proud and happy to see my daughters come up with and develop this project which has brought smiles and much needed cheer to patients and staff alike,” Dr. Brabeck added.

Sam and Caroline were just happy they could help. “To find something we can do for people who are struggling while so many things are out of our control is really rewarding,” Sam said.