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The Things They Carry – Steve Stanek

Metal bracelets rustle on Steve Stanek’s wrist as he transports hospital patients. Like Steve, they seem to move with rhythm. With purpose. “Especially during COVID,” he said, “when things would get me down… I’d look down on my wrist and I always knew that music could save me and make me feel better.”

The former firefighter found a beautiful way to cope on the frontlines at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, AZ. He surprises patients who are having an especially tough time, giving them one of the bracelets he carefully crafts from guitar strings.

“The Things They Carry” is an ongoing series of profiles highlighting Banner Health’s frontline workers and the personal items that bring them strength and inspiration each day, as they continue to save lives and help make life better for patients. The project is inspired by a popular book about the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, which humanized the story of the soldiers by focusing on unique things they carried during combat.

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