Lots of friends came that night, including parents and staff from Saltonstall School, where Clark had been PTO president, and business people, including dear friends from the Lobster Shanty and Passage to India restaurants, located near her store’s former locations on Front Street and in Artists’ Row.
More funds for the bell were donated by friends from Seacoast Quilters in Marblehead.
When Clark finished her radiation last year, she rang the bell three times: once for family, once for friends and once for the community that rallied around her. As she rang it, her sister, Kathy, stepped outside her house in Maine and clanged her own bell.
Two weeks ago, when the North Shore Cancer Center dedicated its bell, Clark was the first to ring it. This time she rang it four times, adding one for the care givers.
The bell cannot cure the disease, Clark said, but there’s something about the chime, some special meaning it has for people fighting so hard to beat a disease that is so deadly.
“It gave me hope,” she said.
We got a note the other day from someone who wanted to share a story about Dan Shuman, the owner of Salem Cycle.
Folks at a local day care center contacted Shuman recently to ask about replacing the running stroller the Woolfenden family of Salem lost at the Boston Marathon. Stephen Woolfenden and his young son were both injured in the bombing.
Shuman offered to replace it at cost, and then went one better. He reached out to Thule, the makers of Chariot Running Strollers, and the company offered to donate its best stroller and accessories to the family.
There are a million stories of similar small kindnesses following the tragedy. We thought we’d share this one.