Bruins forward scores one for Children’s patients

Bad weather kept Marc Savard from watching last night's game in his donated box, so teammate Brad Marchand came up to hang out with Children's patient Patrick and family.

Snow No! I was super excited to watch TV yesterday so I could check out press coverage of Bruins forward Marc Savard, who was scheduled to publicly announce an AMAZING donation he’s giving to the kids of Children’s Hospital Boston.

Unfortunately winter storms in Toronto grounded his flight to Boston and Savy’s big announcement was postponed. The weather may have stolen some of Savard’s thunder, but it can’t take away the great things he’s doing for kids. Marc recently purchased an entire luxury suite at TD Garden, the home of the Bruins, and is donating it to Children’s patients for every home game of this and next season.

Children’s Child Life Services will be awarding the tickets to various patients throughout the hospital, with a special focus on children suffering from the medical and psychological effects of head trauma. It’s a cause dear to Savard, who has had to temporarily stop playing with the Bruins after suffering two concussions last season during play.

“Marc Savard understands firsthand the challenges faced by children suffering from the effects of head trauma,” said Beth Donegan Driscoll, director of Child Life Services at Children’s Hospital Boston. “The partnership with him is an exceptional opportunity for Children’s Hospital Boston patients and their families to experience the thrill of a Bruins game at the generosity of this very special man.”

Bruins Forward Marc Savard makes a very generous donation to Children's patients

Like Savard, kids who have already sustained a concussion are at greater risk of getting another. The affects of multiple head traumas can build on top of each other, so when a new injury happens the symptoms can be more severe and recovery takes longer. The more concussions a child sustains, the worse the long-term affects can be.

Fortunately, The Sports Concussion Clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston is here to help. Provided by Children’s Division of Sports Medicine, The Sports Concussion Clinic cares for patients eight years of age and older who have experienced a recent sport related concussion. After consultation with Sports Concussion Clinic staff, your child will receive a recommendation for timelines on returning to play and work, or advice on what to do next if further examinations are needed. Call 617-355-3501, or visit The Sports Concussion Clinic online to make an appointment at a location near you. You can also connect with other families dealing with similar issues by joining Children’s Sport’s Medicine Facebook page.

Of course we’ve already let Marc know how much his donation means to our patients, but if you’d like to join us is publicly acknowledging his generosity, feel free to tweet him the following message:

Thanks to @MSavvy91 for supporting @ChildrensBoston #concussion patients!