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B's Foundation and InVIVO Therapeutics Honor Thomas E. Smith

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA - On Monday, December 20 the Boston Bruins Foundation and InVivo Therapeutics will present a check for $15,000 to Thomas E. Smith, founder of the Thomas E Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation. The presentation will take place on-ice during the second intermission of the Bruins/Ducks game at the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114).


Thomas E. Smith currently suffers from a spinal cord injury. He was first paralyzed in August 2008 during a Junior A hockey summer tournament. With the help of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Smith recovered from his injury and went on to play hockey for the Boston Bulldogs, a member of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. During hockey practice in October 2009, Smith suffered a second injury, unrelated to the first that left him paralyzed from the waist down. While working on his recovery, Smith founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation, a group whose members are committed to filling the void in medical services for spinal injuries in New England by providing state of the art equipment and resources necessary to enhance the mobility for and access to the daily world of all persons.

Sir Richard J. Roberts, Ph.D., the 1993 Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology and a Member of InVivo's Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board, said: "Until promising spinal cord injury treatments like InVivo's receive FDA approval, InVivo Therapeutics wants to contribute to the well-being of people with spinal cord injuries and we are proud to partner with the Boston Bruins Foundation and The Thomas E. Smith Foundation to make a difference now."

"Thomas exemplifies a level of courage and selflessness that everyone can admire and that we should all aspire to," said Bob Sweeney, Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation. "The injury he sustained, playing a sport he loves and excelled at, has not slowed him down one bit. Thomas is a role model to the greater New England community, both in how he fights to overcome his injury and in how he helps others do the same. The Boston Bruins Foundation and InVivo Therapeutics are both very grateful to Thomas."

The Bruins face off against the Anaheim Ducks Monday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the TD Garden.

About the Boston Bruins Foundation
The Boston Bruins Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist charitable organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children throughout New England. Since its inception in July 2003 by the Jacobs Family, it has raised more than 6 million dollars through a series of fundraising events. The Foundation, which provides grants to organizations that meet the standards of its mission, concentrates on athletics, academics, health, and community outreach programs that assist in helping to enrich the lives of children throughout New England.

About InVivo Therapeutics
InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. is a Cambridge, MA medical device company focused on utilizing polymers as a platform technology to develop treatments to improve function in individuals paralyzed as a result of traumatic spinal cord injury. The company was founded in 2005 on the basis of proprietary technology co-invented by Robert Langer, ScD, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, who is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. For more information on InVivo Therapeutics, please visit www.invivotherapeutics.com.
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