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Artist creates mural to honor Boyle's fight against CML

New Jersey illustrator completes remarkable artwork of Devils forward

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Brian Boyle's fight against cancer continues to inspire people in all sorts of ways.

Tony Capparelli, an artist from Oradell, New Jersey, showed his creative inspiration by producing a #BoyleStrong mural dedicated to the Devils forward and his fight against Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in New York.

Tweet from @CapparelliTony: #boylestrong @BriBrows22 ...my chalk "best wishes"and prayers for you Brian..28th and 7th pic.twitter.com/LgTWfVJ8pd

Capparelli is an adjunct illustration professor at both Fashion Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University and did the mural at 28th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The work was done as part of ChalkFIT, an FIT initiative that emboldens artists to complete works on the university's campus. He also shared progress of his creation as it was ongoing.

Tweet from @CapparelliTony: Part of #chalkfit with my students #boylestrong pic.twitter.com/uzLc6dbH6y

Tweet from @CapparelliTony: #boylestrong on 28th and 7th ave @NJDevils @NJDevilsUpdate @WheelsUp @DJYoshi #chalkfit pic.twitter.com/ISyEjY990N

Tweet from @CapparelliTony: #BoyleStrong #NJDevils #nyc #7thAv #NYC #chalkfit #nycartist pic.twitter.com/JLfridMhnR

Capparelli, who has completed works of art for Devils programs and at various pregame ceremonies honoring Devils players, completed his mural just in time for Boyle to return to practice for the first time since his diagnosis on Sept. 19. His work also caught the eye of Devils president Hugh Weber, who promised two free Devils tickets to those who tweeted photos of themselves in front of the mural to him.

Tweet from @hughweber1: How cool is this? 7th&28th Manhattan @BriBrows22 @CapparelliTony @NJDevils #boylestrong pic.twitter.com/kjzzhjkzVL

Tweet from @hughweber1: Take a picture of yourself in front of @BriBrows22 mural 7th&28th tweet to me in next 24hrs for 2 @NJDevils tix. @CapparelliTony https://t.co/OALuqD16zO

Boyle responded in kind, posting a message on Twitter thanking the artist for his efforts.

Tweet from @BriBrows22: Thank you so much Tony. Incredible job and incredible gesture. My wife and I were speechless! God Bless! �� https://t.co/VW7XsgXLfq

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