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Closing Out Movember at Dana-Farber

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- As November draws to a close, so does this year’s edition of a special movement designed to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research and treatment.

The movement, known as "Movember" challenges people around the world to earn money for the cancer-fighting cause by getting sponsored to grow a mustache throughout the month.

Several members of the Bruins participated in Movember, and in an effort to further support the cause, teammates Benoit Pouliot and Patrice Bergeron paid a visit to cancer patients in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The visit to the center was Pouliot's first community appearance with Boston and the forward was very pleased to be wearing his Black & Gold jersey and Movember 'stache.

"Cancer, I think, is one of the toughest things to go through," said Pouliot. "It's just a pleasure to try to help out a bit."

Pleased as he was to be there, the patients at the center were even more pleased to have the Bruins visit and each time Pouliot and Bergeron stopped by a room, the patients' face lit up.

One serious Bruins fan, Corine, expressed how much the players visit meant to her.

"It's pro players taking time out of their busy schedule to visit people," said Corine. "It's amazing."

Another patient, John, agreed with that sentiment.

"It's nice to know that a bunch of guys with a lot of stuff to do during the course of a day will take the time to go out and meet people who are sick and encourage them," he said.

Chris Sweeney, a medical oncologist involved with both clinical treatment and research at Dana-Farber, explained how something simple like a visit from the B's can affect the patients.

"Getting through the whole experience and having a positive moment during the multiple weeks of treatment they had can be very helpful," said Sweeney.

"We need to know that we aren't the only ones fighting this battle, that people are supporting us," added Emily, another patient at the Institute.

Pouliot and Bergeron chatted, signed autographs and took pictures in an effort to brighten up the patients' day.

Maura Dacey, a nurse at Dana-Farber, said the players' efforts were successful and stressed the importance of the visit.

"The morale booster of having them come around is amazing," said Dacey. "I mean the smiles on their faces - one patient was brought to tears [of joy] just to see Patrice Bergeron, his idol.

"Things like this just make them know that their fight is worth something every day and that they can continue on and it's just a good feeling to have [the players] around."

Bergeron said that he was glad to have the opportunity to provide that good feeling and be able to put a smile on the patients' faces.

"I think it's important to get involved," said Bergeron. "And also, for me, it put things in perspective."

Dacey explained that Bergeron and Pouliot helped the patients' outlook.

"It's really special," she said.

---Amanda Ostuni
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