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St. Luke's ICU nurses Jeremy Nelson, Pete Boyechko and David Johnson stand next to the Wall of Heroes memorial they created.St. Luke’s dedicated a Wall of Heroes memorial honoring organ, tissue and eye donors at a ceremony on April 23. This is the first Wall of Heroes memorial in northern Minnesota. Attending the ceremony were families and loved ones of donors, community organizations and medical staff. St. Luke’s President and CEO John Strange said, “We have been privileged to work with families throughout the donation process and it is an honor to be here with donors’ families today.”

St. Luke's Wall of Heroes was handcrafted by three of our ICU nursesThe Wall of Heroes memorial was handcrafted by two St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit nurses, Pete Boyechko and Jeremy Nelson, who have worked closely with patients and their loved ones through the donation process. Together, they have created a hand-carved tree with unique stained glass leaves representing donors’ generous gifts of life and sight. The tree symbolizes the tree of life and the leaves honor donors who gave the gift of life and sight.

St. Luke's President and CEO John Strange speaking at the dedication ceremonySt. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit Nurse and Stained Glass Artist Pete Boyechko explained how working in the ICU has strengthened his view on donation. “Our donors have given the priceless gift of life and sight to complete strangers. It is powerful to be part of something so special.” The memorial will be permanently displayed in the 2 nd floor rotunda of St. Luke’s Hospital.

Beth Sandstrom, mother of donor; Barb Boettcher, ICU Nursing Supervisor; John Strange, St. Luke's President; Katelyn Wilson, Hospital Liaison for LifeSource; Susan Gunderson, LifeSource CEO; Pete Boyechko, St. Luke's ICU Nurse; David Johnson, St. Luke's ICU NurseJeremy Nelson, St. Luke's ICU Nurse; Pete Boyechko, St. Luke's ICU Nurse; David Johnson, St. Luke's ICU Nurse; Barb Boettcher, St. Luke's ICU Nursing Supervisor