Video: Student efforts come together in meaningful display of gratitude

April 22, 2021  //  FOUND IN: News

Brendan Dolan, Omar Hassan, Grant Ho and Eric Lian are all members of the Thank Blue team – a group of U-M undergraduate students given the assignment to “do something epic” for one of their class projects.

Together, the team agreed that they wanted to find a way to demonstrate the immense gratitude U-M students and members of the community have for the many health care heroes at Michigan Medicine and throughout the U-M Health System.

Last week, the team’s efforts culminated in the assembly of a large “Thank You” message in the courtyard just outside of the main cafeteria on the second level of University Hospital.

The letters that make up the message were constructed of durable materials to withstand the elements and then filled with colorful balls representing all of the gratitude messages that poured in through the Thank Blue website.

Four students in masks standing behind letters spelling out THANK YOU in a courtyard.
The Thank Blue team: Brendan Dolan, Omar Hassan, Grant Ho and Eric Lian

Watch the brief video above created by the Thank Blue team to see how the project came together and be sure to visit the Thank Blue website to read the many notes of gratitude submitted by U-M students, faculty and staff (including those at Michigan Medicine), alumni, patients and community members.

Thank Blue gratitude messages

Here is just a sampling of more than 500 messages submitted to the Thank Blue team. Be sure to visit the Thank Blue website for more notes of appreciation.

“From the entire student body, we thank you for your work and dedication to us. Words cannot describe our gratitude. Thank you!”

“During the hardest days of the pandemic, the health care workers at Michigan Medicine showed the community and the nation how to be fearless and resilient in the face of the unknown. Thank you for navigating those dark waters with adaptability, compassion and courage. Your leadership will never be forgotten.”

“Thank you to the essential workers behind the scenes — the environmental service workers, dining staff, hospitality, facilities and maintenance who continued to keep us safe throughout such a difficult time. You have sacrificed so much and I wanted to share my deep appreciation for all you have done over this past year.”

“Thank you so much for your daily sacrifice and commitment to serving others. My family has been the beneficiaries of your service during these challenging times. You have always welcomed us with care and a smile. Thank you, we are blessed and healthier because of you.”

“Thank you for saving my friend’s life. He was helicoptered to U-M with a grim diagnosis and you saved his life after a month on a ventilator. What an amazing and beautiful thing.”

“Thank you to every Michigan Medicine employee for being brave, caring and demonstrating teamwork this past year. This organization is made up of truly incredible people!”