Andrew Reach’s Art Picked By Zoe Watterson For the Make-A-Wish Foundation To Benefit Others at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital – Cleveland Ohio

Zoe & Andrew Reach - Make-A-WishZoe and Andrew Reach in front of Andrew’s Artwork
‘What Lies Behind The Facade’
Zoe chose his artwork from artwork submitted by Tom Huck,
Curator of Art at University Hospitals
click here to see Andrew Reach’s website

I was honored to go with my partner Andrew Reach as guests to the ribbon cutting ceremony for renovations to the fifth floor of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western University in Cleveland. where the Cystic Fibrosis Center is located. For a little background, below is an excerpt from article on by Dave Arnold:

CLEVELAND – Zoe Watterson cut the red ribbon on the fifth floor of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Tuesday that commemorated the reopening of an area of relaxation and often creativity for young patients and their families situated between two nurse’s stations dedicated to treating cystic fibrosis patients. Zoe almost single-handedly was responsible for part of Rainbow’s fifth floor being renovated to enhance her fellow patient’s life while undergoing treatment. Given a wish by the national Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Zoe decided during one of her hospital stays that her surroundings were less than inspiring. (click here for full article)

Zoe has been in the care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital since she was a baby. She’s now 18 and will be going to college next year. As part of her wish for the renovation, Zoe envisioned a work of art to be located in a feature wall that would greet patients and family at the entrance to the clinic. Andrew was approached by Tom Huck, the curator of art at University Hospitals, to supply images of his artwork that he wanted to include along with other artworks by other artists for a presentation he would make for Zoe to make the selection. Her mother told us that during the presentation, when she saw Andrew’s artwork titled ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, she was immediately drawn to it and decided that would be the artwork. When she heard of Andrew’s story behind his art, “It was the icing on the cake” Zoe’s mother said. Andrew and I were so honored that she chose his art, as for Andrew, whose art is all about healing for him, the places that he feels his art would be most meaningful to be displayed in is in healthcare facilities to bring his passion for the power of the arts to heal into healing environments.

Andrew says about the work “What Lies Behind The Facade”:

In the work ‘What Lies Behind The Facade’, rectilinear fragmented shapes of color obscures a pattern of circles. The gaps left over between the shapes remove more of the circles, further obscuring the whole of them. This construct is a metaphor. The gaps reflect that the disabled with disease are often looked at as somehow not whole and what is seen, is the disability and not the person. But we know that we are just as whole as anyone and when anyone gets to know us, through our strength and perseverance, they will see all of us with all the colors filled in. 

Zoe & Andrew Reach - Andrew Reach & Zoe Watterson at
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Zoe and her MomZoe and her mom looking at Andrew’s Artwork

Dr. Laura Milgram and ZoeZoe’s doctor at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital Dr. Laura Milgram
talking about Zoe’s Wish

CopyrightZoe’s doctor Dr. Michael Konstan, Chairman Department of Pediatrics at
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center

Andrew Reach - Keri HaibachAndrew Reach, Keri Haibach with Make-A-Wish Foundation
& Bruce Baumwoll

Zoe_Make-A-Wish_RainbowBabies_06from left Dr. Laura Milgram – Zoe’s doctor, Zoe,
Sophia Morton – Vice President of Programs at
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana,
Lisa White – Wish Program Manager at Make-A-Wish Ohio

-7bab57ee40603be9Patricia DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, sports a “z” for Zoe on her cheek during a program thanking Westlake teen Zoe Watterson for asking Make-a-Wish to renovate part of the fifth floor.
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-63b6413fcb293294Zoe Watterson was the center of attention during the unveiling of renovations that she asked Make-a-Wish to do on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
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-194286eab1d22b63Zoe Watterson leaves her mark at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
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-3184536876d61875Zoe Watterson takes on her doctor, Michael Konstan, in an impromptu game of air hockey in the renovated space.
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-afe73281826ea660Zoe Watterson checks out the renovated space on the fifth floor of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
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click here to read article
“Westlake teen’s ‘selfless’ wish benefits others at Rainbow”
by Barb Galbincea for


click to watch Newsnet 5 story broadcast on April 29, 2014

The following photos are stills from the Newsnet 5 coverage




Zoe_Watterson_donates_her_wish_for_fello_1556610004_4294130_ver1.0_640_480Zoe, her grandmother and her mom


Zoe_Make-A-Wish_RainbowBabies_10Andrew and I leaving the ceremony, filled with joy, knowing that Zoe picked his
art because she loved it and now it will live on for many other children