Masks can hide a person’s feelings.

They can also give voice to those feelings.

On Tuesday, people living with the effects of brain injuries gathered at St. Luke’s hospital to decorate masks. With paints, markers, and labels they illustrated the effects of living with or caring for someone with such injuries.

Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota was hosted by St. Luke’s hospital and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. More than 1,000 people statewide have decorated masks since the alliance began the art project in 2016. According to the alliance, more than 100,000 Minnesotans are living with a disability as a result of brain injury.

On Saturday the alliance and the St. Luke’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is hosting the Walk for Thought along Lake Superior to raise money to connect individuals with brain injury to support services. Registration and check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Leif Erickson Park. The walk starts at 10 a.m.

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