Boston bombing survivors to Orlando survivors: 'We are family now'

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They came bearing smiles and messages of support, not to mention cuddles from a few friendly service dogs.

On Saturday morning, survivors of the June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which claimed 49 lives, were visited by a group that has lived through similar tragedy. Ten survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing visited six Orlando survivors at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital said in an emailed statement.

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Boston survivor Eliza Gedney (left) and Michelle L'Heureux visit with Pulse survivor Rodney Sumter.

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Visiting Pulse survivor Angel Colon, Boston survivor Celeste Corcoran shared a message of tolerance. "There's post-traumatic stress and it helps to talk with someone who has been through similar situations," she said, according to the statement. "People who try and spread hate, it does the exact opposite, it brings together strangers and we are more tolerant of people.

"What happened was horrific and should never have happened but in their memory we choose to be nice to someone else, to pay it forward."

Eliza Gedney and Michelle L'Heureux, both Boston survivors, invited Rodney Sumter, who is recovering in the hospital, to run the Boston Marathon with them in 2017.

"I want to be there," he said.

The Orlando Regional Medical Center received 44 patients from the shooting, eight of which are still hospitalized.

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Boston survivors Celeste and Sydney Corcoran meet with Pulse survivor Angel Colon who is also greeted by service dog Zealand and Boston survivor Dave Fortier.

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Angel Colon, Pulse shooting survivor is visited in his hospital room at Orlando Regional Medical Center by Boston bombing survivor Dave Fortier and his service dog Zealand.

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Boston Marathon bombing survivors visit Orlando Regional Medical Center to meet with Pulse shooting survivors. From left: Nick Yanni, Lee Ann Yanni, Eliza Gedney, Sydney Corcoran, Dave Fortier, Nicole O'Neil, Celeste Corcoran, Sabrina Dello Russo, Michelle L'Heureux and Elizabeth Birmingham. Front row service dogs Koda, Zealand and Sebastian.

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