Worcester, MA- The Worcester Bravehearts have announced a collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital that will allow children from the Bone Marrow Transplant Floor to design unique custom jerseys for the team in July. The Bravehearts will wear the unique jerseys and auction them off on Sunday, July 23 with proceeds going to Boston Children’s Hospital 6W Child Life Services.
The entire event is sponsored by Carr Financial Group of Worcester.
Forty blank Worcester Bravehearts jerseys will be given to the patients in mid-May, and the hospital plans to hold them for two months as new children are admitted to the floor. Some of the nurses at Boston Children’s Hospital have also expressed interest in designing a jersey, which will be colored with Sharpies and fabric markers - ensuring that each jersey is unique.
“To give children the ability to color the jerseys we will wear on July 23 is pretty cool,” said GM Dave Peterson. “We are so grateful for the work that Boston Children’s Hospital does, and we just want to do something this summer that makes a difference in the lives of the families who are being helped by their care.”
The Bravehearts saw first-hand the power of Boston Children’s Hospital. Bryce Linton, son of Bravehearts’ owner Julie Creedon-Linton, spent 17 weeks under the care of the nurses and physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital last summer while undergoing a bone marrow transplant to cure HyperIGM. The Creedon Family hopes that this fundraiser can add some brightness to the healthcare experience other families encounter during difficult times.
“Child Life Services helped our family get through all of the procedures and day to day life that Bryce had to endure during his time at BCH,” said Bravehearts’ owner Julie Creedon. “They keep these patients going in such a positive way, making each patient feel special and entertained. Between activities, games and spending time with the Child Life staff and volunteers, Bryce was able to feel a sense of normalcy during an otherwise difficult time.”
“The funds raised by the Bravehearts will allow the Child Life Services team to purchase items for the playroom used by bone marrow transplant patients, said Brittany Metcalf, CCLS, Child Life Specialist II at Boston Children’s Hospital. “The playroom includes items for all ages and developmental levels, special gifts, coping items and education resources. The aim is to enhance patients’ emotional, social, and cognitive growth during their hospital stay.”
“Helping families is the core of what we do at Carr Financial Group,” said Rich Carr. “Supporting Boston Children’s Hospital together with the Bravehearts is a natural fit for our clients and our company.”
Jerseys will be available for bidding at biddingowl.com/bravehearts beginning in early July.