Foligno leads NHL vs. Docs event to benefit NEO Kids

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    The event itself is a hockey game, but the reason behind it is so much more.

    NHL vs. Docs is the brainchild of Dr. Sean Murray, Medical Director of HSN's Neo Kids and Family and Child program and Chief of Pediatrics.

    Foligno and Murray knew each other through a shared contractor in Sudbury, but when the Foligno's oldest child, the two came to connect with each other on a much deeper level., Milana, was born with a congenital heart defectwomens Montravius Adams Jersey,

    Through Milana's journey, the Foligno's came to learn that when you have a sick child, that can often mean a trip to Ottawa or Toronto that takes upwards of four hours in a car one-way.,womens Brad Kaaya Jersey, the demands for treatment and regular checkups are plentiful. For the residents of Sudbury and northern Ontario

    Putting treatment options closer to the patient and in an environment built exclusively for children is what Neo Kids is all about.

    "What Dr. Murray is trying to do in Sudbury is have more of a pediatric presence,Authentic Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey," Foligno said. "It's already so disruptive when your child is sick,Authentic Michael Roberts Jersey, and that's what Neo Kids is trying to provide while you're going through treatment. Things like that are half the battle.",Authentic Kevin King Jersey, you just want to be able to have some sort of normalcy

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    Along with Harrington, Zach Werenski, and Boone Jenner headed to Sudbury to hang out for a few days and add their talents to a roster made up of NHL players and doctors from Neo Kids.,womens Jamaal Williams Jersey, Josh Anderson

    "It was fun that they mixed up the teams," Harrington said. "It was pretty cool to play with some of the doctors and meet the men who,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey, are helping to save lives through research or surgery or hands on treatment. womens Julién Davenport Jersey, It was special for us.", on a daily basis