Eileen McGuirk is battling cancer and wasn't feeling well enough to handle all the calls and visits from friends and family.
So, her husband saw a window of opportunity to lift her spirit from several floors below.
"She did ask, what's going on out there, is there something happening? They said there is something happening why don't you come over and take a look," said McGuirk's friend, Janis Clifford.
Eileen McGuirk, an elementary school teacher from Danvers, was recently admitted to Mass General Hospital in a room overlooking the Charles River.
McGuirk had such a steady flow of visitors at MGH, it became overwhelming. So, her husband drew up another plan--on a napkin, no less. The idea: have everyone stop by, without stepping inside.
"With social networking it just spread and before we knew it people kept arriving," said Janis Clifford.
Last Sunday, more than 200 friends and co-workers gathered on the field below.
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