Lacing Up For a Cause: Boston Bruins Alumni Take On Dana-Farber “Rink Rats”

If there’s one thing the staff at Dana-Farber will tell you, it’s that each of their doctors and nurses on staff are committed to doing everything they can to treat, research and work relentlessly to find a cure for cancer. This includes, at times, unconventional methods-including lacing up a pair of skates to quite literally battle on the ice to raise money.

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Each year, staff at Dana-Farber match up against Boston Bruins Alumni on the Warriors Ice Rink to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. “This is a hockey game, but also they did a lot of hard work to raise a lot of money, which is terrific. That was the most important thing today for me,” said Bruins Alumni player Tom Songin.

According to Robin McGraw, Vice President of the Robin C. McGraw Foundation, Dana-Farber has raised $34,000 this year to bring them to $125,000 in the past four years. For McGraw, being able to raise this amount of money is very personal: what he didn’t tell his team before taking to the ice for the Rink Rats game was that after being cancer free, he recently had been diagnosed that his cancer had returned. “During the game, I reflected on the fact that these guys that I play with are all a team that are fighting to make this go away.”

While it was a very tight game split into two twenty-minute halfs, the Boston Bruins Alumni team did take the win once again this year. To learn more about how you can get involved with the Rink Rats or donate to the Jimmy Fund, visit