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'We love you' | East Tennessee rallies around health care workers fighting COVID-19

People from all over East Tennessee filled Park West Medical Center's parking lot with one message. "We see you, we love you and we support you."
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As more and more cars pulled onto Park West Boulevard, a little hope crept in too.

"Even though we can't give you a hug, this way we can tell them you can do this," registered nurse Miriam Johnston said. "They need hope and courage to keep on fighting."

From her car window she shared her love and her car lights. People from all over the region came out for a prayer vigil in support of heath care workers everywhere. 

The idea was to show you care from your car  by blinking your lights.

"It's a light in the darkness," Johnston said. 

While blinking lights may seem small their purpose is enough to brighten your day.

"We may have darkness all around us but this is a light in that darkness," Johnston added. 

As healthcare workers waved, the support throughout the parking lot continued.

"You see a marathon and people cheering in the stands. This gives us a chance to cheer for them," she said. 

With honks, cheers and signs people like Sherry Simon wanted to bring a little peace. She works in the medical field as well. 

"A ray in the darkness just to let them know we're here. We are supporting them," she said. 

For Trecia who spent much of her life in the health care field too, the moment is emotional.

"I believe in prayer and I know that God has got our backs," she said.

Soon she will welcome a grandchild at Park West and she wants the doctors hard at work to know they've got her support.

"I'm hoping things will be all fine and good by then," she said. 

People filled the entire parking lot of the hospital  waving at workers and making sure they didn't feel alone.

"We're all here for prayer to make sure that happens," Trecia said. "I want them to walk away with no fear."

No fear and the notion that their community is rooting for them no matter what.

"I want my former coworkers in there to know that we are here," Trecia said.

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