In July, the staff at Seattle Children’s hospital asked its Facebook followers for pictures of their cats to include in a special project for Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, a teen with cancer who cannot have her cat ‘Merry’ with her in the hospital due to immunity issues. They hoped to bring cats from all over to Maga’s room for this ‘Cat Immersion Project’. More than 3,000 images were submitted and with them, the hospital staff created an amazing audio/visual experience for her that projected all the photos of the cats on a tent over her bed. Here’s the video of Maga in her beautiful virtual purring cat cocoon, which is absolutely touching. The ‘Cat Immersion Project’ is a part of their Not Now creative arts program for patients with cancer.
Maga is quoted on the hospital’s On the Pulse blog as saying:
” You guys remind me that there is so much good in the world, and its just makes me feel so much better, and connected. I can’t tell you how it feels sometimes, feeling disconnected and cut off from the world, and then with something like cat pictures bringing me back. Thank you all for your kind words, and well wishing. Its means more then you can ever know. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…”