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.” …
USA Today reports that according to a new study, many heavy-set moms and children think they are slimmer than they actually are – a trend that pediatricians and other doctors have been noticing. Children’s Claire McCarthy, MD, adds that that roughly half of her patients are overweight or obese.
American Medical News reports on a recent study that concluded many hospitals are not recognizing the full benefits of social networking through Facebook; though they may have a presence, they let their page sit idle. The report also stated that children’s hospitals are more likely than others to maintain an effective Facebook presence. Children’s Ryan Paul, social media specialist, provides comment on the Children’s Facebook page.
MedPage Today reports on recent findings from Children’s Dale Umetsu, MD, PhD, Lynda Schneider, MD, and colleagues that show children who are allergic to milk may develop a tolerance by taking certain medication coupled with a gradual increase in their exposure to milk.
New England Sports Network (NESN) reports that they have teamed up with the Boston Bruins Foundation and Hess to donate $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital Brain Injury Program. Children’s David Mooney, MD, MPH, discussed the program at last night’s Bruins game.
USA Today reports on new research from Children’s Leonard Zon, MD, in which zebrafish serve as animal models of melanoma, developing a form of the disease genetically similar to human skin cancer tumors. The studies of zebrafish suggest that excessive activity of two genes, rather than mutation to them, are the keys to melanoma. The Boston Globe also reported on the findings.