Emily Vargo and several other alumni from Franklin Regional, it was a great day
for a run and a tremendous opportunity to carry a special thank-you to the
front door of UPMC Presbyterian.
Sunday, Vargo and a nearly a dozen other runners ran from Murrysville to
Oakland and presented the hospital with a Franklin Regional Flag of Hope signed
by students, educators and residents. The flag was a gift from the runners and
the greater Franklin Regional community to show their appreciation for the care
UPMC Presbyterian provided to Jared Boger, a junior who was among the
most severely wounded in the April 9 knife attack at the Westmoreland County
is where the heart is,” said Vargo, who graduated from Franklin Regional in
2000 and is now a pharmacist in Clearwater Beach, Fla. “I came back for this
run to show my support for my home community and to do something positive by
saying thanks to the medical professionals who helped.”
runners presented their flag, which was made by Vargo’s mother, Patti Vargo
of Murrysville, to Louis Alarcon, M.D., medical director, Trauma Surgery,
and Dee Nicholas, manager of the Trauma Program.
Dr. Alarcon said Sunday brought back memories from April 9.
“Although we train to treat injured people, and we do it daily, this event
particularly affected the staff at UPMC on a more personal level,” he said.
April 9, I went home after work and hugged my daughter a little tighter and a
little longer that evening. This flag will mean a lot to all the staff involved
in the care of our Franklin Regional student,” Dr. Alarcon added.
run was organized by Darren Miller of Delmont, a 2001 Franklin Regional
graduate and a world-class endurance athlete. The run was called Project 22,
which was roughly the number of miles covered by the group and “a tribute to
the total number of those injured on April 9,” Miller said.
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