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Lincoln man donates selfie wall for Bryan Health workers
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Lincoln man donates selfie wall for Bryan Health workers

From the Milestones in Lincoln and Nebraska's coronavirus fight series
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Jon Humiston hasn't worked at his business since early March.

The last paying gig for his Umbrella Photo Booth business was the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. He got in one day of work there before the tournament, like most other sporting events around the country, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Within 24 hours, I lost about six months worth of work," Humiston said.

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But the Lincoln man realizes he's still better off than a lot of people, including a friend of his who spent 13 days in a New York City hospital fighting off COVID-19.

His friend's experience made Humiston want to do something for front-line health care workers in Lincoln.

Since his skills are in photography, he came up with the idea of a selfie wall. He contacted Bryan Health officials to see if they would be OK with the idea, and then he worked with local marketing company Firespring to actually design and print the vinyl wall covering.

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On Thursday, during both National Nurses Week and National Hospitals Week, the selfie walls were installed at both Bryan East and Bryan West Campus hospitals.

Jay Wilkinson, Firespring's CEO, said the compay was proud to have helped bring the project to life.

"It was our way of saying thank you to the staff at Bryan and providing patients and their families an interactive way to engage with the medical center in a positive and enjoyable way," he said.

Humiston said health care workers are under an enormous amount of stress because of COVID-19, and he's hoping Bryan staff members will take pictures in front of the wall and post them on their social media sites using the hashtag #BryanHealth.

A Bryan spokesman called it a "generous gift."

"We’re certain it will be meaningful for our employees during hospital week, and a very visual reminder the community is rallying around them," he said.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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