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Sunnyside shows its support for Fargo Marathon runner

Mandy Weber, Sunnyside Care Center resident services director, arrived to work the morning of May 15 to a sea of yellow t-shirts stating "Sunnyside Care Center Supports Mandy" (front) -- "We are behind you all the way" (back).

The secret surprise was kept by staff, residents and family members for months leading up to this day to show support for Mandy. She started training for the 2008 Fargo Marathon in August 2007 and since that time staff were thinking of ideas of how to surprise Mandy with their support before her run.

Staff and residents also wore pins stating "Good Luck Mandy" in her honor.

Mandy stated, "It was a wonderful surprise and it is great to be part of such a wonderful and supportive family.'"

Mandy and her sister, Rachel Jurgens, ran their first 26.2-mile race May 17 and finished it, which was their goal. Mandy is already making plans to run the 2009 Fargo Marathon, as are the staff at Sunnyside Care Center.