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'Hockey With a Heart' Continues

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders continued playing “Hockey With a Heart” on Saturday by celebrating Schneider Children's Hospital Night at the Nassau Coliseum.
As with each of the seven “Hockey With a Heart” games, a portion of the proceeds from the game’s ticket sales went to Schneider Children's Hospital. Doug Weight presented a check for $19,000 to Kevin Dwyer, Senior Vice President of the North Shore LIJ Health System Foundation and special guests—Scott, Franceen and Tess Silverman.
"About nine months ago Tess was very sick and their doctors saved her life," said her mom, Franceen. "Schneider's Hospital has been a blessing for us. They gave us our daughter back and we could never thank them enough."
Later this month, the Islanders will be visiting various hospitals on Long Island to visit patients unable to go home for the holidays. Schneider Children's Hospital will be one of those hospitals.
"It's a great boost to have the Islanders support our hospital," said Dwyer. "The children love when the players come to the hospital. The Islanders will also be giving a gift to support the Emergency Department of the hospital, which will have a little bit of an Islanders flavor to it."
Earlier this month, players and their wives went shopping for gifts at Toys 'R' Us that will be delivered to kids at the hospitals.
Click here to read about the Islanders shopping spree at Toys 'R' Us.

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As a pre-cursor to American Red Cross Night, which will be held on Friday, December 26 at the Nassau Coliseum, Bruno Gervais visited the Long Island chapter of the American Red Cross, took part in a CPR class—and had some fun. Gervais learned about three life-saving procedures, including the Heimlich maneuver, CPR and defibrillation.
"You never know when a situation like this is going to happen," said Gervais. "It happens in a matter of seconds. You have to react quickly to save a person's life."
While the subject matter was undoubtedly serious, Gervais kept the mood light with his commentary. The students of the class, including Gervais, practiced mock back blows and Heimlich maneuvers on one another, following a video explanation and assistance from an American Red Cross instructor.
Gervais and the class then moved onto performing CPR on dummies. Alternating between mouth-to-mouth resuscitations and chest compressions, the class attempted to "revive" the dummy victim.
"Don't die Johnny, I'll save you," shouted Gervais to the dummy. "It'll be okay."
Once it was deemed the dummy was suffering from cardiac arrest, defibrillators were brought out for one last attempt to save it.
"We're clear," Gervais said to his partner, who charged the defibrillator. "Stay with us. You're going to make it."
The defibrillator announced that the patient's heart was beating properly, ending the procedure.
"I've never had a class for that," said Gervais. "But I've always wanted to do it. CPR is a good thing to know. It was only a 45-minute class, but if something bad ever happens, I have the knowledge to help a little bit. The Red Cross is a big organization. They reach everywhere to help people. It's great to be close to the organization and help them."
Shortly after joining the Islanders, Gervais adopted the Red Cross as a charity he devoted many hours to supporting, attending events year round, not only on Long Island, but in his home province of Quebec.
"Bruno has been a friend to the Red Cross for a couple of years, supporting us by coming to events and helping create awareness for us," said Sam Kille, Director of Public Relations of the American Red Cross in Nassau County. "He's been a good ally to us. When it comes to working with people, especially youths, he has a sense of humor and shows that he really cares."
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. A portion of the game proceeds on December 26 will go toward local disaster relief efforts.

Gervais is no stranger to working with charitable organizations. You can read all about the great things Gervais does in the community in the December issue of Islanders Illustrated magazine, which is on sale now at the Coliseum and Islanders team stores. Click here to subscribe to Islanders Illustrated.

Click here to purchase tickets for American Red Cross Night.

Watch a video promoting American Red Cross Night.


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