BEARING GIFTS: From left, hockey players Steven Whitney, Chris Venti, Brian Billett and Chris Kreider with patient Emma Journeay, age 9
On June 15, members of the Boston College men’s ice hockey team – winners of the 2012 national college hockey championship – visited pediatric patients and handed out cuddly toy bears donated by the Theodore Roosevelt Association’s (TRA) Teddy’s Bears for Kids New England Chapter. Joseph Vacanti, MD, chief of Pediatric Surgery, and W. Hardy Hendren III, MD, MGH’s first chief of Pediatric Surgery, welcomed TRA representatives with a teddy bear-shaped cake. During the visit, TRA President Tweed Roosevelt shared how the term “Teddy’s Bear” was coined after his great-grandfather, former U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt famously refused to shoot a tied-up bear during a hunting expedition. Jimmie Connelly, president of the recently established TRA New England Chapter, also shared a story of how a teddy bear lifted his spirits after knee surgery. Since 1986, the TRA has distributed more than 74,000 teddy bears throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.teddysbearsforkids.org.
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