New England Patriots defensive linebacker Jerod Mayo, along with his current and former teammates, local celebrities and sports stars, hosted his 2nd annual Mayo Bowl in September 2011. The annual celebrity bowling event raises money for Pitching in for Kids and Boston Medical Center’s pediatric emergency programs. Pitching in for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing specifically earmarked grants that will improve the lives of children across the New England Region. Boston Medical Center pediatric emergency department provides excellent and accessible health services to all children in need of care with a pediatric trauma service staffed with Children’s Hospital Boston surgeons. Mayo became involved with both organizations based on his desire to give back to the community that has supported him and his career. “It is my hope that we continue to grow this event each year; we want to help as many children and families as possible,” Mayo said.
On thursday, ten months after the Bowl, Mayo joined BMC staff and patients to cut the ribbon on the “Mayo Zone”, the new Pediatric Emergency Department waiting room. The room was remodeled with a generous $70,000 donation from the 2011 Mayo Bowl, in conjunction with the donated time and materials from contractors.
Jerod Mayo cuts the ribbon to reveal the new “Mayo Zone” with pediatric patients at Boston Medical Center’s pediatric emergency department.
The room is designed to make the pediatric patients feel as though they are in their own football stadium, with the hope of creating a cheerful environment for BMC’s youngest patients. Kate Walsh, president and CEO of BMC, welcomed spectators and thanked Mayo for his continued generosity and service to the hospital. After the ribbon was cut, Mayo signed autographs, posed for pictures and accepted a thank you plaque made by pediatric patients.
Jerod Mayo stands with BMC CEO and President Kate Walsh, who thanks him and presents him a thank you plaque for his generous donations and continuous service to the children of Boston Medical Center.
Courtesy of BMC Office of Development