Archive for August, 2011

Mayo graces cover of SI and receives Community Service Award

August 31, 2011

Jerod Mayo is garnering recognition on and off the field this week.  He is currently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s regional edition.

 

 

At the Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Kickoff Gala on Tuesday night, Mayo was awarded the 2011 Ron Burton Community Service Award for his contributions to the community.  The majority of his charitable time is spent on those initiatives that support children.

 

 

Jerod’s annual charity event, The Mayo Bowl will be held September 19th at Kings in Dedham, MA.  For more information about this event, please visit facebook.com/mayobowl.  Party tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

 

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Blue Sky is proud of Cam Neely’s work away from the Bruins:

August 30, 2011

Donor Honors Cam Neely and Celebrates Stanley Cup by Establishing Myeloma Research Fund at Tufts Medical Center with Million Dollar Gift

August, 2011: The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are honored to establish the Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund, created through the generosity of Rhode Island resident John Davis. Mr. Davis made his gift in recognition of the great philanthropic spirit of Cam Neely, President of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, on behalf of patients with cancer. Mr. Davis established the Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund with a charitable gift of $1,050,000 upon the occasion of the Boston Bruins 2011 win of the Stanley Cup and his personal pride in Cam Neely for his achievements as President of the Boston Bruins.

“I can think of no better way to match my admiration for Cam Neely’s success with the Bruins with our mutual desire to improve the lives of cancer patients,” says the 67-year-old Davis. “As a multiple myeloma patient myself, I know how important every research dollar is.  The new Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund embodies the hope we all have for a cancer-free future. The Neely Foundation, the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center and our new research initiative make an unbeatable team.”

The mission of the new Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund is to support efforts pertaining to the study and treatment of multiple myeloma and closely related disorders with the purpose of significantly improving outcomes, treatments and quality of life for patients, while working toward the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Emphasis will be placed on the activities of strongest promise, including translational (bench to bedside) research; clinical research; and the development of Phase I trials, which involve the initial offering to patients of new high potential therapies. Dr. Raymond Comenzo, Director of the Blood Bank and Stem Cell Processing Laboratory at Tufts Medical Center, who is recognized for his leadership in the treatment and research of multiple myeloma, will lead the research, along with Richard Van Etten, MD, PhD, Director of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center.

“For medical researchers, the impact of this type of gift cannot be overstated. We really could not succeed without the involvement of visionaries like John Davis and Cam Neely. Their support of our work could literally mean the difference between life and death for patients in the future. We cannot thank them enough,” says Dr. Comenzo.

The clinical trials activities of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are based in The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, a facility that was generously funded by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 2002. Throughout its 16-year partnership with the Medical Center, the foundation established by  Boston Bruins legend and National Hockey League Hall-of-Famer Cam Neely and his siblings Scott, Christine, and Shaun, has raised nearly $25 million to support initiatives including The Neely House for families and cancer patients, The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, The Neely Cell Therapy and Collection Center, The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and The Neely Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

This year, the Neely Foundation dedicated The Michael Neely Neuroscience Center, a state-of-the-art, patient and family-focused neurocritical care unit that is a cornerstone of The Michael Neely Center for Brain Tumor Care and Research. The entire initiative is funded by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care’s largest, single philanthropic commitment to date: $5 million to Tufts Medical Center.

“For us, supporting the Cancer Center and Tufts Medical Center has been incredibly rewarding over a more than sixteen years,” says Neely. “It has given us a wonderful way to honor our parents’ memories and to help thousands of cancer patients.  I am truly honored that John has joined us in our efforts to work toward eliminating the scourge of cancer.”

Neely just returned to Boston from a visit to his hometown of Maple Ridge, British Columbia where he was visiting with the Stanley Cup. “To come back to news of this gift has been the icing on the cake.  Hockey and fighting cancer are two well-known passions of mine and I am so grateful for John’s gift.”

Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are forever indebted to Cam Neely for his vision and the wonderful success he has achieved on behalf of patients with cancer and to John Davis for his great concern for patients with multiple myeloma and the extraordinary generosity that accompanies his concern.

Last chance to vote for Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice and Dennis Eckersley!

August 29, 2011

Fans have until Wednesday, August 31th to vote their favorite players onto the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team and enter for a chance to play in a game against these Legends.

 

Visit mlb.com/pepsimax to vote now!

 

Paul Molitor kicks off the 2011 Little League World Series

August 25, 2011

Blue Sky secured Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s Little League World Series Parade in Williamsport, PA.  Paul enjoyed meeting with the players and throwing out the first pitch.  Below are links to some news stories about Paul’s time in Williamsport.

Sports Illustrated

The Express

Times Union

Dustin Pedroia is at bat for Salem Five Bank

August 19, 2011

Mike Vrabel retires, will coach at Ohio State

August 12, 2011

Last month, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel officially announced his retirement from professional football.  The 14-year veteran racked up 742 career tackles and earned 3 superbowl rings with the New England Patriots.  However, what his statistics and accolades cannot possibly quantify is Vrabel’s ability and impact as a leader.  Vrabel was a key representative for the NFL Players Association throughout the NFL labor disputes.

In an interview on WEEI’s program “The Big Show” Vrabel told hosts Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley that on January 6th he knew “it was probably going to be it,” following an emotional playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  When he later had difficulty completing his normal offseason training regimen, he knew that he would no longer be able to prepare for the rigors of a 16+ game season.  Though the decision was a difficult one, Vrabel explained that he made the easy choice: “I didn’t want to be one of those players I despise… that player who lets down his teammates.”

The Ohio native is now rejoining his alma mater, Ohio State, as Linebacker Coach.  He was hired under the program’s new head coach, Vrabel’s former college roommate Luke Fickell.  The Buckeyes are emerging from a season marred with controversy and Vrabel is looking forward to helping bring the football powerhouse back to prestige by being a positive role model for the players.

 

Mass Dental Society, NESN and Adrian Gonzalez speak out against smokeless tobacco

August 9, 2011

The Stanley Cup visits The Neely House

August 5, 2011

The Stanley Cup sits by the entrance to the Neely House

 

 

 

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely shared hockey’s most prized trophy with staff and residents at the Neely House, a bed and breakfast style home away from home for cancer patients and their families, supported by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care.

 

Blue Sky Founder and CEO Kim Zayotti poses by the Cup with Cam Neely

Meet two Boston Bruins at Dick’s Sporting Goods

August 4, 2011

This weekend, Dick’s Sporting Goods will be holding its Grand Opening Celebration at the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH.   The sporting goods retailer has secured Stanley Cup Champions Daniel Paille and Dennis Seidenberg to meet and greet and sign autographs for fans at its new location.  Paille will be at the store from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Saturday, August 6th, and Seidenberg will be on hand from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Sunday, August 7th.  Come out and meet your beloved Bruins this weekend!

 

Jerod Mayo enjoying training camp

August 1, 2011

Mayo signed autographs for fans after practice, while his daughter Chya played at his feet. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)