Boston Marathon bombing survivor gets flash mob from his wife for Valentine's Day

“The special part for me was all the familiar faces in the group,” wife says.
By Evan Bleier  |  Feb. 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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BOSTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Jessica Downes thought a little bit outside of the box when she was figuring out what to get her husband Patrick for Valentine’s Day.

She opted to go with a flash mob.

Patrick Downes, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived at Copley Place on Thursday under the impression that he was going to be in a video with Jessica about her service dog.

As he walked in with Jessica, who also survived the marathon bombings, Patrick heard someone singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” -- and that’s when the flash mob of survivors, nurses, social workers, friends and family members formed.

“The special part for me was all the familiar faces in the group,” Jessica told CBS Boston. “The majority of which we’ve met through this process, through the last 10 months. 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.”

NEADS, which provides service dogs for deaf and disabled Americans, helped organize the display as a Valentine’s Day gift for Patrick and for Boston in general.

“There has clearly been a lot of sadness over the next 10 months and I don’t think that will go away but there is also a lot of reasons to celebrate,” Patrick said. “There have been so many people that have come together over these last months, out city and the larger community and that’s something to be celebrated, because it a wonderful product that has come out of a tragedy. People have treated us with tremendous amounts of love and care, and we wouldn’t be there without them.”

Cathy Zemaitis and Lisa Brown of NEADS explained their organization simply wanted to say thank you to the city.

“This was a way for all of those who are still reeling from the impact of that horrendous event to say thank you to Boston -- thank you for the incredible support you continue to show, and for being a city that is so resilient,” they said.

[CBS Boston] [Boston Globe]

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