Bruins Star Forward Patrice Bergeron is Children's Champion
Children's Hospital Boston to Honor Bergeron at Annual Event
Boston, MA - He's known as a champion on ice. Now he's being honored as a champion for children. Children's Hospital Boston announced today that Boston Bruins star forward Patrice Bergeron is the winner of its annual "Champion Award." He'll be honored at the hospital's October 30 Champions for Children's annual dinner and auction.
The award is given each year to a Boston athlete who exemplifies outstanding commitment to the community. Bergeron will receive the award from 10-year old David Youngerman, a patient with a rare brain disease called Moya Moya, whose life was saved by Children's Hospital.
Bergeron supports Children's through "Patrice's Pals"-- a program that brings children from local hospitals and other organizations to the TD Banknorth Garden as VIP Bruins game guests. He also visits hospitalized kids at Children's throughout the year.
"I'm honored to receive this award. Children's patients are the real heroes. Whenever I visit the hospital, I'm inspired by their positive attitude, strength and perseverance," says Bergeron. "It means so much to know there's a world-class hospital right here in Boston that cares for our kids."
More than 1,400 people-- including professional sports team owners, sports legends and business elite-- will gather on October 30th with the goal of raising more than $4.5 million for Children's, the largest provider of care to low-income and underinsured children in Massachusetts. Funds raised will help Children's continue its world-class care, cutting-edge research and community health programs.
For more information, visit www.childrenshospital.org/champions.
Editor's Note: For a post-event photo of Patrice and other VIP guests, please call Amy Sweeney at 617-355-4102.