The Bruins may have been bumped out of the playoffs last night, but today they helped helped bump out cancer with their biggest and most famous fist-bumping fan, Liam Fitzgerald, a cancer survivor. This event, called “Northborough – Get Your Bump On” was a community fist-bumping event where people could line up to fist-bump Liam. The event raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphona Society, an organization that raises money for blood cancers. There were three other cancer survivors: Christian Campero, Max Blasko and William Furgal, who were also recognized at this event. Event organizer Julie Stanwood, who is also director of Friends of Families in Transition, got the idea to start the event after watching Liam on TV fist-bumping the Bruins players.
“I knew what a supportive community Northborough was.”
Stanwood said. She was able to get multiple local companies to sponsor the event, such as Uno’s Pizzeria, Berkshire Bank, Wegman’s, TD Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lala Java, Core Connection and many others. Liz Nolan, founder of Northborough Mom’s and Tots, also helped organize this event and created a Facebook page to spread the word called “Northborough – Get Your Bump On”.
Legislators Harold Naughton Jr., Danielle W. Gregoire and Jamie Eldridge were also there to support Liam and they honored him with a recognition award from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Adding to the excitement were mascots from various sports teams and organizations including Blades of the Boston Bruins, Jake of the Worcester Bravehearts and the mascots from Buffalo Wild Wings and TD Bank. A lifesize Mater from the movie “Cars” owned by Jonathan Gabriel from Armory Motor Storage was also there.
Liam’s oncologist, Dr. Ghazali Usmani ,who helped save his life also attended as well as Northborough-Southborough superintendent Christine Johnson, who commented that it was a beautiful day for this event. Liam’s mom Christine Fitzgerald said,
“It was so humbling to see so many people come together from our town: the doctors and nurses at UMass, politicians, old friends and new. It was just an amazing outpouring of love and kindness. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.”
She also wanted to thank Julie Stanwood and Liz Nolan for organizing this event. Over 400 people participated in the fist bump and over $4,800 was raised at today’s event.