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12-year-old cancer patient to receive first Cam Neely Award for Courage from Tufts Medical Center

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  January 16, 2013 05:09 PM

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Tufts Medical Center

Nick Claudio will be the first recipient of the Cam Neely Award for Courage.

Nick Claudio, a 12-year-old Mattapoisett resident, will receive the first annual Cam Neely Award for Courage at Tufts Medical Center’s 2013 Working Wonders benefit, the medical center announced Monday.

Claudio, patient at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children, is fighting a rare brain cancer called choroid plexus papilloma, which has rendered him blind. But he has remained extremely active, learning to read Braille in a year while also taking up skiing and performing the lead in his school play, according to a statement from the medical center.

“A loss of sight is not a loss of vision,” Claudio said in the statement.

Named for the National Hockey League hall of famer, president of the Boston Bruins, and founder of the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, the award honors those who have bravely faced cancer or other serious illnesses and the caregivers who comfort those with such diseases.

“Nick has endured more than most people three or four times his age and yet he continues to embrace life in a way that is refreshing, inspiring, and most certainly courageous,” Neely said in the statement. “I am thrilled that such an extraordinary young man will receive this inaugural award.”

The annual Working Wonders benefit will be held March 7 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. For more information, visit http://www.workingwonderstuftsmc.org.

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