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April
2021
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15:41 PM
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Spotlight on Marisol Adewunmi and Briyet Sigala

Summary

Across all of Cook Children's, a sense of family leads to a comforting and reassuring environment for patients, parents and staff. For Marisol Adewunmi and Briyet Sigala, they don't just 'feel' like family – they are family!

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Across all of Cook Children's, a sense of family leads to a comforting and reassuring environment for patients, parents and staff. For Marisol Adewunmi and Briyet Sigala, they don't just 'feel' like family – they are family!

These sisters grew up near our main campus; so it was natural that Cook Children's always held a special place in their hearts.

Their Cook Children's journey began with Marisol, at the age of 16. While attending Trimble Tech High School, she embraced the opportunity her school's health sciences technology program offered that led her to our Save A Smile program.

Under the guidance of Tonya Fuqua, DDS, Marisol was a part of the early days of the program, which provides preventive and restorative dental care for children from low-income families with the help of volunteer dentists.

Flourishing in the role throughout high school and during her undergraduate work at TCU, Marisol knew she would eventually move on but wouldn't more far. "At first, I became an EMT but I always knew I wanted to be a nurse," she recalled. "After seeing the hospital rotations here, I firmly believed that it was where I wanted to be. There was no other place that I even considered or applied to."

With a degree in nursing and a path ahead to fulfill that dream, Marisol was faced with moving on from a role she embodied for five years. They say as one door closes, another opens; and that's exactly how it played out...but with a twist. You see, Briyet was standing there ready to walk through that door as Marisol stepped out.

"We had about two weeks of overlap during which I got to train Briyet on the job," Marisol said. "But, I admit, she pushed that program to places that I hadn't. She made it her own and developing it really fits with her logistical and problem-solving mind."

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