Water Tower Beams Message of Hope and Awareness for Isabel’s Return

A purple band of light around the historic Tucson Medical Center water tower broadcasts a message of hope that Isabel Mercedes Celis will safely be returned to her family.

The water tower, which has stood sentry over the TMC campus since 1926, will be lit nightly in Isabel’s favorite color as the search continues for the 6-year-old who went missing from her home last month.

 “This has been a painful time for the community,” acknowledged Julia Strange, the vice president of community benefit for TMC.

“This glimmer of light reminds us of the loss we all feel, but also serves as a beacon to continue raising awareness as the search persists.”

Strange thanked the facilities crew who worked to install the lights on the nearly 76-foot tower.

Staff members said the lighting of the tower touched their hearts.

“This is truly amazing,” said Kristin Wook, who works in patient care and joined a group of employees Wednesday night to see the inaugural lighting.  “It motivates us even more.”

Melissa Moreno, the manager of emergency services, works closely with Isabel’s mother, Rebecca, who is a nurse at TMC. Moreno said she’s proud to work for an organization that does so much to support its staff.

“Becky’s TMC family will not let anyone forget that this little girl is still out there and they will not stop until she is home with her family,” she said.

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