Silver linings playbook

DU alumni find resilience—and even hope—in the midst of a pandemic

THE NURSE: Mary DeWalt (BA ’19)

Mary DeWalt was a Pioneers soccer player for five years before she graduated in December 2019. After completing an accelerated program to become a certified nurse’s assistant, she went to work at UCHealth in Denver. She started at the hospital just as the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“My starting date was kind of when things started blowing up with the coronavirus,” she told 9News in May. “Our floor was actually not a COVID-19 unit right away. We actually just transitioned to being a COVID-19 unit.”

DeWalt sees part of her role as keeping patients’ spirits up during a difficult time.

“Obviously, it’s hard right now in the hospitals, not having visitors,” she said. “I can be that person that can go into the rooms and give them a face and someone to talk to.”

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