Patrick Robinson
Residents, staff and volunteers took part in the Mount Marathon, showing support for the people and city of Boston with a walk around Providence Mt. St. Vincent on Thursday April 25. Each lap added up to the total with the initial goal of 26.2 miles, the distance of a marathon, and a larger goal over the next few months of 3048 miles, the distance from Seattle to Boston.

SLIDESHOW: Providence Mt. St. Vincent shows Seattle's heart is with Boston

Mount Marathon shows support following traumatic events

Residents, staff and volunteers at Providence Mt. St. Vincent came together on a beautiful afternoon April 25 to show their support for the people and city of Boston following the traumatic series of events from the bombings to the pursuit and killing and capture of those responsible. The "Mount Marathon" brought everyone from the able bodied to those using walkers and wheelchairs to walk around the facility (a distance of .2 miles) to accumulate the total marathon distance of 26.2 miles. There's a larger goal too. They want to, over time, get a total of 3048 miles, the distance from Seattle to Boston.

The idea from Eileen McCloskey, Recreation Therapy Coordinator for the Mount will be shared with a nursing home in Boston. This is to honor and show support for the Boston community. We look at it as, for every one person with intent to harm there are so many more people with the intent kindness, healing and support."

Sister Lucy, who belongs to St. Joseph Residence, age 90 was there for the event wearing a blue and yellow ribbon. "I came to be in sympathy with the people of Boston and around the world that are suffering and I think this is a good way to do it," she said.

Jessica Fletcher, Development Coordinator for the Mount said, "We want the nursing home in Boston to do the same thing. We will wrap all this up and send it to them to show them our support."

Some committed up front to doing 5 laps while others had more modest goals but every participant took part with enthusiasm and a wish for the healing in Boston to go forward. Everyone who asked, got a special blue and yellow commemorative T-shirt for the event.

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