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FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART IN HOSPITALS INC
December 11, 2012

I have known Elaine Poggi all my life, as she is my cousin. I watched as she cared for my Great Aunt Leona battle for her life to survive cancer. Elaine worked tirelessly to provide a peaceful place for her Mom so that she could savor her time left on this Earth. The conversations, memories, and time shared during that period transformed both women. When Elaine needed to meet with doctors, run errands or get respite herself, she placed some of her photographs on the walls so that her Mom could transport her mind to another beautiful place. After my Great Aunt Leona passed, Elaine knew that the quality of life given to her Mom during that time had formulated her path to creating this Foundation. In fact, I distinctly remember the day in 2002 when she stated she was starting a Foundation to place photos in hospitals, in order to create a healing environment for all patients. Who knew--over a chicken salad lunch of all things!! While I knew she was a wonderful pianist, I was not aware she was an inspirational and talented photographer. I cannot begin to convey the untold joy I have experienced as I watched her reach beyond her grief to place thousands of photos in hospitals all over the world--all for the benefit of people she will never know in this life. It has been a privilege to have served on her Board of Directors for ten years, leaving only to address professional commitments. Elaine is a rare soul, truly dedicated to the simplistic beauty of a sunrise, the peaceful presence of a baby's sigh, and the power of holding someone's hand. And, she strives to capture these breathtaking moments and share them with the world--all in the name of nurturing their souls to optimum health. I am VERY proud of her and her selfless, generous work to make the world a better place--one photograph at a time. I love you Elaine--may your soul always be directed by the very hand of God. Always My Love & Best Wishes - Dawn Runge, Ph.D.

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FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART IN HOSPITALS INC
May 22, 2012

My cousin, Elaine Poggi, did everything she could to help her Mother fight her battle. She diligently learned all she could about the disease, associated tests, personally knew all clinical caregivers, and even tried to put up her own photos to brighten her Mom's room. Several of the caregivers begin to comment on the photos and how they not only helped her Mom, but they all wanted to be her Mom's nurse since the photos cheered them up as well! And, if you know anything about health care, being a nurse is a difficult job to say the least. Hence, Elaine continued to not only post the photos, but change them on a regular basis to keep things interesting for everyone. Sadly, in the end, Elaine's Mom (and my Great Aunt) lost her battle. Yet, a idea was born! Elaine knew her destiny was to create beautiful, yet serene photos for patients all over the world can enjoy. For maybe a minute, patients can transport themselves to a better world where there is no pain, no worries and they are part of the beauty surrounding them. I served on the Board for 10 years, diligently working with Elaine to help fulfill her dream. And, the honor has been all mine. I am humbled to know that in a small, yet extremely powerful way, I am making a difference to patients all over the world. I love my cousin and I am VERY proud of her and her work!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member