Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Harvard Prof Loses Mustache for Autism Speaks

November 6, 2011 4 comments

Posted by Kristin Concannon, research coordinator for the Infant Sibling Project, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital, Boston (second from right, back row)

My work gives me the opportunity to witness the importance of autism research first hand—through our work with affected children and their families.

So this year, when I registered for the New York Marathon, there was no question but that I would run to raise funds for Autism Speaks. When I set the goal of raising $2,000, our clinical coordinator jokingly asked our lab director, Charles Nelson, if he was willing to shave his mustache for Autism Speaks. [Editor’s Note: Renowned in the autism field, Charles Nelson, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, the chair of pediatric developmental medicine research at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and the recipient of three past Autism Speaks research grants.]

Now you have to understand that Chuck grew this mustache in 1978 and had NEVER shaved it off in all those years. He agreed on the spot—but only if I upped the fundraising ante to $5,000. He laughed, thinking there was no way I could raise that much money.

Soon after that, we created a Facebook group called: “Want to See Chuck Nelson without a Mustache and Support Autism Research at the same time?” The kicker was the “Pub Night” fundraising event at Clery’s, in Boston. That got me over the top.

True to his word, Dr. Nelson shaved his mustache in support of Autism Speaks on October 7th! “Talk about being exposed…” he said. Doesn’t look bad, does he?

I am proud to say that my fundraising has now topped $5,500. Will send you a photo from today’s race in New York!

The Boston Teamsters BELIEVE

June 30, 2011 2 comments

Can you BELIEVE it?

We Bostonians love our sports and our beloved Bruins. Everywhere you look you can see the B’s team logo and very often it is accompanied by one word:  BELIEVE

On June 15, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 39 years.  Can a night get any better than that?

Why yes, yes I BELIEVE, and now know firsthand, that it can!

The night of June 15 was an incredible night for the boys in black and gold and for all the Bruins hockey fans who BELIEVED… but it was even better for this mom from Braintree.

I attended a very special event hosted by Teamsters Local 25 at Raso’s Grille. The Teamsters Local 25 Union has worked tirelessly over the past four years to fundraise for autism research and awareness.  That night the Teamsters presented a check for $170,000 to the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks!  Allow me to repeat that…$170,000!! I still don’t think the enormity of their generosity has truly sunk in yet. Here comes that lump in my throat again!

If that wasn’t enough to blow my mind, the Teamsters also wrote checks AGAIN to support Melmark New England, a school serving children with autism and a wide range of developmental disabilities, as well as to the Braintree American Little League: Challenger Baseball division.

The Teamsters generous gifts are so important to me on so many levels – as a long time volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, serving my 4th year as co-chair for The Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks, but most importantly as a mom of a wondrous, talented, courageous, beautiful, funny, loving little boy with autism.  And it just so happens this miraculous son of mine plays on the very same Braintree Challenger League that was also the fortunate beneficiary of The Teamsters generosity!


Have you hugged a Teamster lately? Go on, they won’t mind, I swear.

So as the Bruins players raised the Stanley Cup proudly above their heads and made Boston fans’ dreams come true, I raise my cup to Sean O’Brien, Trish DiSilva and all members of The Teamsters Local 25 who BELIEVE in the beauty of giving back … it’s just what they do…it’s just how they roll…their commitment and drive to make a difference is so inspirational. THANK YOU doesn’t seem adequate to convey my deepest gratitude.

I BELIEVE strongly that the Teamsters Local 25 support is paramount and critically important to our local autism community…and just like the Bruins, they make dreams come true for so many families in Greater Boston.

Do you BELIEVE in miracles?  This mom from Braintree sure does.

Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25; Erica Giunta Executive Dir. of the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks; Larry Cancro, Senior VP of Fenway Affairs for the Red Sox and Chairman of the New England Chapter Board; Sean O’Brien President of Teamsters Local 25 and Director on New England Chapter Board.

A Blue Christmas

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

This past December, The Shops at Prudential Center launched  “31 Nights of Light,” a new Boston holiday tradition, partnering with 28 Boston-area organizations to light the top of the Tower a different color each night in December.

Autism Speaks, New England Chapter board members Larry Cancro (Senior Vice President - Fenway Affairs) and Sean O'Brien (President - Teamsters Local 25) were also in attendance to celebrate the lighting.

Monday, December 21 featured Autism Speaks and its signature blue awareness color.  At 5:00 p.m.,  a seven-foot switch was honorarily “flipped” by Dennis Floyd and his son, Grant, from Lynn, Mass.  Actually, five-year-old Grant muscled the huge light switch up and on, lighting the 51st floor of the Prudential Tower in Autism Speaks blue. The Floyds were one of many donors who, for a donation of $25 or more between December 9 and December 16, were entered into a drawing to win this special honor.

The Prudential Tower in downtown Boston was lit in blue for autism awareness on Dec. 21!




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