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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Marathon daffodils

Michele Hubley and Samantha Hubley ’15

On Marathon Monday, Connell School staff assistant Michele Hubley was headed to the Marathon finish line with her husband and son, hoping to see her daughter, Samantha ’15, cross the finish line.

Samantha, who was running her first Boston Marathon to raise money for Boston College’s Campus School, was close to the end of the course when two bombs exploded on Boylston Street. Public safety officials halted the race, turning back runners and spectators who were streaming into the city. It took Samantha’s family several hours to find her, safe and sound.

Michele Hubley says she’s loved the Marathon since she was a child growing up
in Hopkinton, Mass., where her mother Penny Manchester, a town selectman, helped organize the event. So she was inspired when she heard about plans to line the 26.2-mile Marathon route with 100,000 daffodil bulbs, which are expected to bloom next April in honor of victims and first responders in the 2013 attack.

Hubley and her family planted bulbs in Hopkinton as a tribute to her mother, who died in August. She then suggested to Associate Dean Anne Severo that the Connell School participate in the Marathon Daffodils project. Severo took the idea to the Connell School and Boston College’s Facilities Management office, which signed on as cosponsors of the project.

On Friday, November 8, members of the Boston College community planted some 3,500 daffodil bulbs on the portion of campus that abuts Commonwealth Avenue— where the Marathon is run.

Michele Hubley (in red) and daughter Samantha ’15 (behind her in blue) with (from left) Connell School staff and faculty members Anne Severo, Cathy Hill, Tam Nguyen, Colleen Simonelli, and Zanifer John