Monthly Archives: August 2013

Kenny Chesney Visits Boston Medical Center

Kenny Chesney at Boston Medical Center. Photo provided.


Country superstar Kenny Chesney performed two sold-out concerts at Gillette Stadium in August but made sure to take the time for a pitstop at Boston Medical Center (BMC) to visit with patients who suffered severe injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings and the doctors, nurses, and support staff who treated them.

Chesney established the Spread the Love Fund after the bombings in conjunction with BMC to help those who needed amputations be able to afford prosthetics and the fittings, physical therapy, and ongoing care that’s required with these kinds of severe injuries. He co-wrote and recorded the song, “Spread The Love” with the Wailers, and proceeds go to the fund.

We reported that Chesney told his loyal members of “No Shoes Nation” on Good Morning America in August that he’s also selling T-shirts and donating the proceeds. “We are selling these [Spread The Love] shirts for Boston Medical Center,” Chesney said on the GMA concert stage. “It’s a fund to help the victims of the Boston Marathon whose lives were changed that day forever, through no fault of their own. We started the fund and proceeds from the song downloads and the shirts goes to victims to get prothetic limbs.”

You can download “Spread The Love” on iTunes. To see Chesney’s appearance on GMA talking about Spread The Love, click here.

“It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do,” Chesney said at Boston Medical Center during his visit. “For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world… Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’”

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Chris Nowinski:  Harvard Grad, Pro Wrestler, Concussion Advocate Opens Safety Conference

After an All-Ivy football career at Harvard, Chris Nowinski became one of the most hated characters in World Wrestling Entertainment when a concussion forced him to retire in 2004.

Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, Chris began a quest to better understand this condition, and after meeting Dr. Robert Cantu, Chris realized that a lack of awareness about brain trauma among athletes, coaches, and even medical professionals cost him his career, and threatened the health and well-being of athletes of all ages. This led him to write the critically acclaimed book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, medical professionals and children about this serious public health issue.  Chris is the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis, and serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine.

Through his continued advocacy and investigative work, Chris has raised this issue into the national consciousness and changed how sports are played.  He was featured in Steve James’ film Head Games and most recently in Rolling Stone magazine.

Chris will deliver the Keynote address at The Safety Institute’s inaugural conference – A National Conversation on Injury Prevention – in Chicago September 24th and 25th. Join us.

John Hancock’s 2013 Boston Marathon Fundraising Program Nets A Record $7.9 Million for Non-Profit Organizations

John Hancock’s 2013 Boston Marathon Fundraising Programs raised nearly $8 million for Non-Profit organizations as part of the 117(th) running of the historic race on April 15, 2013. The record total for 2013 represents a 16 percent increase over 2012’s fundraising results.

As part of John Hancock’s sponsorship of the Marathon, each year the company provides non-profits with guaranteed entry numbers (“bibs”) that enable funds to be raised for their organizations. More than 1,000 runners helped raise funds and awareness for 146 organizations this year.

Included in that total, 154 employee runners from John Hancock and parent company Manulife Financial raised more than $285,000 in 2013, a 44 percent increase over 2012. Funds raised by employees benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, Ron Burton Training Village, Pathways to Education Canada and Habitat for Humanity Canada.

“The Boston Marathon is a tremendous force for good, made evident by the impact the fundraising has on our community and the causes represented in the Marathon Non-Profit Program,” said Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock. “Our employees and all non-profit runners are a source of pride each year as they dedicate their running to benefit our community partners and raise awareness in support of worthy causes throughout Greater Boston.”

Among the 146 organizations benefitting from the 2013 program were: MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, The Hoyt Foundation, and Joe Abruzzi Foundation.

“John Hancock’s program for non-profits has helped Boston Medical Center raise an incredible $550,000 over the last two years,” said Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “This program allows Team BMC runners to raise funds to support the residents of Boston having access to critical services.”

2013 marks the 28th year of John Hancock’s landmark sponsorship of the legendary Boston Marathon. John Hancock is committed to its long-standing partnership with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) to support one of the world’s premier sporting events. Over the past 28 years, the official B.A.A. Charity Program and John Hancock’s own Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $170 million for community-based organizations.

For the second consecutive year, John Hancock utilized a centralized online fundraising platform for its program through a partnership with CrowdRise(TM) (, an innovative online fundraising web site for individuals, charities and events.

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Health Tip: Pack Safe School Lunches

As the kids head back to school, make sure you follow food-safety guidelines while packing their lunches.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to keep school lunches safe and healthy:

  • Wash your child’s lunch box each day with warm, soapy water.
  • Even when in a rush, don’t take shortcuts. Wash your hands before preparing your child’s lunch, and make sure food-preparation areas are clean.
  • Pack perishable foods in an insulated container with an ice pack. Store perishables packed the night before in the refrigerator.
  • Pack shelf-stable lunchtime goodies such as trail mix, cut veggies, cereal, granola, fruit and whole grain crackers.
  • Wash all fruits and veggies, even those that need to be peeled.
  • Remind kids to wash hands before eating. Make sure they throw away or refrigerate any perishables left over from lunch.

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Expert tips for school bus safety!

Expert tips for school bus safety

Many children are injured each year just getting on and off the school bus. Inattentive drivers, horseplay, unsafe street crossing and even clothing issues can all contribute.

By talking to children about school bus safety and reviewing certain rules at the beginning of the year, parents can help prevent avoidable accidents, an expert says.

“A blind spot extends about 10 feet in front of the bus, obstructing the driver’s view,” said Susan Laurence, the injury prevention coordinator for trauma services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Oftentimes, children are not aware of this blind spot and might mistakenly believe that if they can see the bus, the bus driver can see them.”

Simple measures—such as removing loose drawstrings or ties on children’s jackets or clothing because they can snag on bus handrails—also can help keep children safe, Laurence said in a medical center news release.

Laurence provided several safety guidelines parents should review with their children to ensure they are safe on the way to and from school.

While walking to the bus or waiting at the bus stop:

  • Don’t be late. Arrive at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Don’t fool around.
  • Stay on the sidewalk or grass.

While riding the bus:

  • Always walk in a single-file line.
  • Use the handrail to avoid tripping or falling.
  • Stay seated and face forward the entire time.
  • Keep feet and backpacks out of the aisle.
  • Do not shout, so the bus driver can concentrate on the road.
  • Always keep all body parts inside the bus.

When getting off the bus:

  • Make sure the bus has comes to a complete stop before trying to exit.
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street.
  • Exit from the front of the bus.
  • Look both ways before stepping into the street to make sure there are no cars attempting to pass the bus.
  • Cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus.

Kids should ask their bus driver for help if they’ve dropped anything when getting on or off the bus, Laurence said. Children also should never talk to strangers on their way to or from the bus stop, she added.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that an average of 19 young bus riders and pedestrians die in school-transportation-related accidents each year.

“As children begin preparing to return to school, it’s important for parents and children to go over school bus safety tips together,” Laurence said. “This will help ensure a safe, enjoyable start to the school year for everyone.”

More information: The U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has more about school bus safety.

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