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Dec 3, 2012 2:00 PM by NBC News

Friends form giant heart outside of cancer patient's hospital window

(WHDH) Friends and family organized a flash mob, in an amazing show of support for a woman fighting for her life at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

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.

The group held signs, did the wave and performed choreographed dances.

"She was shocked. She thought it was just a group of people. At first she didn't know it was her friends. So they gave her a pair of binoculars so she was able to identify everybody," said Janis Clifford.

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