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There's a bed-and-breakfast style home away from home that accommodates several families each week, there's a research laboratory, and a bone marrow transplant unit is to open this winter.
"From my point of view, the importance of what my foundation has been able to achieve in the 10 years and how many patients and families we've been able to help certainly outweighs any kind of honour I've received for playing hockey," Neely said during a Hockey Hall of Fame conference call Thursday.
But enough with this Hall of Fame stuff. Neely deserves more than just a plaque, more than just a jacket and whatever else comes with the membership. He's done greater things in his life, and they have nothing to do with hockey…
It is his work with families dealing with cancer that shines even brighter than his hockey accomplishments.
Neely lost both parents to cancer, so he dropped the gloves against the disease and opened the Neely House at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Since August of 1997, the Neely Foundation has helped more than 3,000 families cope with the devastating effects of cancer.
The Neely House is a bed-and-breakfast-style home where families can stay in comfort and help each other deal with the life-changing issues while the patient undergoes treatment.
It is within those walls that Neely's legacy is much more important and much more appreciated than scoring 50 goals in 50 games.
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Your $20 donation funds one night for one family at The Neely House at Tufts-New England Medical Center.