We’re all familiar with that phrase. But how about “she wears many gloves.” As is the story with countless others before and legions since, Ginna Parra left her home in Colombia at twenty-two with her little brother Juan in search of a better life. The promise of an education and the opportunity to send money back home lead her to Costa Rica.

After years of relentless, tireless work she realized her dream, to serve those in need working as an occupational therapist in the burn unit of the children’s hospital in San Jose. Each day, six days a week, she leaves for work at 5 a.m. After a full day of loving and healing children she drives her modest blue compact to the university to teach others to do the same.

Ginna has helped pioneer the use of PVC piping, bought at the local hardware store, to make splints that cost a fifth of those sold by medical supply companies. In a storage room, tucked in the back of the burn unit, she toils. She slips on heat resistant gloves as she melts the tubes with a heat gun. Then she dons rawhide leather work gloves to sand the rough edges. In the operating room, latex gloves snap on before she tenderly applies her craft. But the gloves she loves the most is the tight grip of a child’s hand as she breathes new life into their scorched limbs and wounded spirits.