Every year, people from around the country, and including New England’s major league teams, come together to help raise money for children and adults receiving care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
On Thursday, Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs donated $25,000 on behalf of the Bruins Foundation.
He explained, “I tell you, I walked through the halls of Dana Farber and if you want to feel like a lucky person… spend an afternoon in a waiting room at Dana Farber and see just the wood work the Jimmy Fund is doing.”
Jacobs spoke to the importance of program like this to the citizens of New England and those fighting cancer throughout the country.
“It really gives you some gravity and perspective on just how fortunate we all are,” he repeated, “especially as Bostonians to have such an institute here in our backyard.”
The renown clinic was designed with children in mind. Its walls hold paintings of Disney characters, the doctors provide specialized pediatric care and all of the waiting rooms double as playrooms.
But one characteristic that brings a smile to patients and families of every age is the consistent presence of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.
The Jacobs family knows how important it is for sports team to join in the fight against cancer.
“It’s a great cause to rally behind and I know our friends at the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, we all feel the same way,” he said. “It’s imperative that we continue and it’s a great tradition to have.”
Last year the 2009 radio-telethon raised $4.5 million and this year, even through tough economic times, the effort raised nearly $3 million more.
On Friday, two Boston Bruins players made an appearance on the NESN as representatives of the Black & Gold’s support. Tuukka Rask
made the first appearance and remarked at how well connected Bruins hockey is with the Greater Boston community.
“You know it took me a while to realize what kind of unbelievable city this is, with all the hospitals and all the stuff around here and the charity work people do,” said Rask. “My first year when I came we went to go see kids in the hospital…it was really something new to me and [now] is something as an athlete that you really look forward to doing.
“It’s fun to see their eyes and their smile. There’s nothing better then putting a smile on their faces.”Shawn Thornton
was next on the show and spoke about his love for being a Bostonian and being involved with the community.
“I obviously get more of an opportunity,” said Thornton. “I’m here year round and can make a few more visits than the other guys.”
The involvement does drive the different point of view that Mr. Jacobs talked about earlier in the week.
“I was just talking about it earlier it’s amazing that we [as hockey players] complain about such little things like food being bad on flights,” said Thornton. “You see these kids going through all their going through and they’re the happiest kids in the world with not a care going through their heads.
“It puts things in perspective for [athletes] like us.”
If you would like to learn more about the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as the 38 Radio-Telethon you can visit www.jimmyfund.org