Eileen McGuirk's Flash Mob
Serious illness can take a toll on family and friends as well as patients. Bedside visits bring comfort to patients and loved ones alike, renewing familiar and cherished connections. But when Eileen McGuirk entered the Mass General Cancer Center for treatment, she was overwhelmed by a nonstop flow of visitors.
A teacher in Danvers, Mass., Eileen considered herself fortunate to have many friends and family who live nearby. But the volume of visits was depleting energy she needed for healing. Her husband Doug devised a creative solution that enabled Eileen to connect with her friends and let them express their affection and support.
Using social media tools, her daughter Erin rallied Eileen’s friends and co-workers to organize a flash mob-style celebration they could stage within view of her 21st-floor hospital room.
More than 200 friends and co-workers gathered the next day, holding signs aloft, executing a synchronized wave and performing a loosely choreographed dance. Eileen watched in wonder from her hospital room, and, via cell phone, spoke with various friends. Concluding with a memorable finale, the group spread out to form a giant heart.
“When you feel helpless,” said Eileen’s friend, Jennifer Mscisz, “this was a way for everyone to get together and kind of lift her spirits and let her know how much we love her and care for her.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Jeff Warren
- Uniting Against Lung Cancer
- Lori Wirth
- Kailie Laflamme, LICSW
- Ellen Sigal, PhD
- Kim Rock, Michael Jones and Tricia Ferguson – Institution for Savings
- Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
- Tiffany Koolakian, RTT
- Sailing Heals
- St. Mary’s High School Baseball Team
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Jennifer E. D’Alotto, MSW, LCSW
- Edwin K. Lamport
- Friends of Jaclyn
- Nicole McNerney
- Kathy Quinn, RN, BSN, OCN
- Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
- Ray Gobbi and Robert Kilroy
- Yovanny Fana
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Philip Gosnell
- Ashley Bonner
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Dell, Inc.
- Tyler Jacks, PhD
- Michelle Boutin, Karen Ingwersen, RN, and Michael Keamy
- Donna Karan and the Urban Zen Foundation
- Rhonda McGrail
- Lazarex Foundation
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.