Receiving radiation treatments can be frightening for the children who need them. Courtney Shanmugabaskaran, a radiation therapist at Froedtert Hospital since 2013, tries to make the experience less stressful by designing and painting immobilization masks for her patients.
Since 2019, using paint and markers, Shanmugabaskaran has been creating mesh masks that look like superheroes, princesses, animals and more. She has even made one with a “poop emoji” theme.
“Courtney has stayed up extra late and used her own money to make sure these kids have this custom mask for their radiation. She goes the extra mile to do what these children need to make a scary experience much better,” said friend Edward DeShazer, executive director at the Greater Holy Temple Christian Academy.
The masks are not the first time Shanmugabaskaran has used her creative skills to benefit children. In 2013, she participated in the MACC Fund’s Handmade for Hope effort, raising $2,000 in donations by crocheting hats and scarves.