A brick has been dedicated at the
Saranac Laboratory in the memory of Evelyn Bellak Hayes by Denise Bonner and Margaret Worden
Born: August 20, 1901

Died: March 12, 1932

Married: Michael H. Hayes

Children: None

Evelyn Bellak was a 16-year-old girl who was diagnosed with tuberculosis, probably late in 1917, and sent to the New York State Hospital at Ray Brook to cure. She left behind a diary of her 1918 experiences there, in the Adirondack Collection at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Shirley Morgan published a book about Evelyn in 2014, titled: Well Diary . . . I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager's 1918 Sanatorium Experience. 

"Well Diary... I Have Tuberculosis," by Shirley MorganEvelyn worked as a stenographer and library aide.  She was a patient at Ray Brook Hospital from 1917 through the early 1920s. She was an employee at Ray Brook in 1925. She lived in Saranac Lake from 1926-1931, and stayed at Bellak Cottage.

Her hometown was Endicott, New York. 

The book Well Diary... I Have Tuberculosis by Shirley Morgan is available for purchase from Historic Saranac Lake and other outlets. 

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