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1. With casts as his canvas, hospital tech creates works of art for young patients

It all started with a happy face. A decade ago, Luis Ruiz, an orthopedic technician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, was asked by a patient if he could draw one on his cast. Ruiz told the boy he wasn't great at drawing, but after Ruiz was finished, the child's face "lit up," Ruiz told People. That inspired Ruiz to start offering all of the kids he met a personalized drawing on their cast. "I was not very good, but as time went by, little by little, I got better and better, to a point where now I can almost do anything they ask for," he said. His repertoire includes Spider-Man, Hello Kitty, Tinker Bell, and the Wonder Woman emblem. Ruiz estimates he's painted thousands of casts in the last 10 years, and said he loves to make the patients smile and forget they are in the hospital. "The kids just bring me joy," Ruiz told People.

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