Dubuque Helps with Prayer Canvas for Boston

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - It's been almost three months since the bombings at the Boston Marathon. As the victims continue to heal, a new effort to show them support has reached Iowa.

The Prayer Canvas project started back in May in Naples, Florida.
An organizer there began asking friends to sign their names on a large piece of canvas. That effort quickly spread to other states. In Iowa, local organizer, Robb Beltran hopes to collect 2000 messages in the next month.Once complete, volunteers will sew the canvases together to create a giant flag representing all 50 states.That flag will be displayed during next year's Boston Marathon.

Beltran said, "We want to make sure that the midwest, because it could happen anywhere. And I think it's important for us, especially here in the heartland as they say to show that we do have a heart and we do care for what happened in Boston. "

Beltran says anyone is welcome to sign the canvas, but he'll be stationed outside some upcoming running events. That includes the Dubuque Du-athalon and the Quad Cities Bix.
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