Paralyzed Vermont woman receives hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards to decorate hospital room
COLCHESTER, Vt. — There’s a patient wing at Fanny Allen in Colchester that’s filled with a whole lot of love.
“I’ve gotten cards from all over the place (like) New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, California, Washington state, Oregon, all of New England,” said Sara Conchieri.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of Valentine’s Day cards are flowing into the hospital.
All of them are addressed to Sara Conchieri.
It’s all thanks to social media.
Conchieri’s friend, Kristopher Boyd, took to Facebook last week, asking people to send her some love.
“I said, ‘Yeah, let’s get ready for a huge shipment of cards.’ Sure enough, there’s about a million in here,” said Conchieri’s fiance Dan Cervantes.
“(What’s in the hospital room is from) Friday, Saturday and we got some (Tuesday),” Conchieri said.
Sadly this isn’t her first holiday in the hospital.
“I spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve(and) so this is the fourth (holiday, I) might as well make it a big one,” Conchieri said.
That’s because she has some big milestones she wants to hit.
She’s paralyzed from the waist down after falling down the stairs late last year, leaving her with a serious spinal cord injury.
But the team of medical staff at the University of Vermont Medical facility and Cervantes said her limited mobility isn’t stopping her.
“She’s doing a great job and has really benefited from all the support the community has sent her,” said Conchieri’s nurse John Rinelli.
“I think it’s awesome that the community is really rallying to support her and us in this time of need,” said Cervantes.
Conchieri and her team of supporters have even decorated several nearby hospital rooms with cards, which staff said are giving everyone in Conchieri’s wing a little extra motivation.
“I’ve read every single card and every single message so there’s a lot of people cheering me on and believing in miracles like I believe in a miracle,” she said, as she works towards achieving her goal, her miracle, of walking again.
By: Liz Strzepa
If you’d like to send a card, they can be addressed to:
Fanny Allen Hospital
790 College Parkway
Colchester, VT 05446