Patrick Downes, who survived the bombings, was completely surprised when he arrived at Copley Place on Thursday when he found his wife Jessica, another survivor, had planned a flash mob for him as a Valentine’s Day gift, according to WBZ-TV in Boston.
Patrick believed that the pair were going to Copley to participate in a video about his wife’s service dog, Rescue.
Fellow survivors, nurses, social workers, friends, family, and supporters comprised the flash mob, which was put together by NEADS, an organization that helps find service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans.
“The special part for me was all the familiar faces in the group, the majority of which we’ve met through this process, through the last 10 months” said Jessica to WBZ’s Karen Anderson. “They were part of our recovery so do something where we are all dancing and celebrating, and not doing our wound care and dressing changes. It’s just really fun.”
“There have been so many people that have come together over these last months, out of the city and the larger community and that’s something to be celebrated, because it is a wonderful product that has come out of a tragedy,” Patrick said. “We continue to be so grateful for the community that surrounded us… People have treated us with tremendous amounts of love and care, and we wouldn’t be there without them.”
See the video from WBZ-TV above and read Karen Anderson’s full story here.
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