Kudos to local doc for Newtown reminder
by Jack Mcneely
Feb 10, 2013 | 564 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Mcneely
Jack Mcneely
“Sometimes you just have to do something.”

These were the words of local dermatologist Dr. J.P. Donahue when I stopped by Friday to photograph he and his staff donning new t-shirts memorializing the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting tragedy in December.

I could see the frustration in the doctor’s face as he commented about the slaughtering of 20 innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by deranged gunman Adam Lanza.

In an attempt to keep the shooting on the minds of local residents of Walker County, the doctor and his staff will wear the navy blue t-shirts occasionally. The shirt displays “Newtown 20+6” on the front left breast while names of all 26 victims are listed on the back of the shirt.

The public is also invited to stop by Dr. Donahue’s office at 4330 Old Highway 78 in Medical Plaza East and pick up a free “Sandy Hook Broken Heart” button.

I would like to say that Dr. Donahue and I go way back, but that is not the case. However, since he removed some cancerous skin from my face last fall, I feel we have a connection.

So it was no surprise to get a phone call from his office assistant last week, asking that I stop by and snap a photo of their unique t-shirts and buttons. I jumped at the chance to stop by and see my friends who handled my medical case last year with professionalism and care.

Spend some time with Dr. Donahue and you will understand. He may be a little eccentric with his white medical coat draped over cutoff shorts, tube socks and a tie. But he leaves nothing to the imagination. He says what’s on his mind; and he means it.

For most of us, the tragedy of the nation’s second deadliest school shooting in Newtown may be a fleeting memory only two months later. Thanks, Dr. Donahue, for rekindling the desire “to do something.”

Lest we forget, following are the names of the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012 (in alphabetical order):

Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine F. Hsu, 6; Catherine V. Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 7; Grace McDonnell, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Carline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; and Allison N. Wyatt, 6.

Jack McNeely is publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and may be contacted by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at jack.mcneely@mountaineagle.com.