LINCOLN, R.I. - Brody Simoncini of Worcester, Massachusetts, attended the Boston Celtics game against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, courtesy of Amica Insurance, Boston Children’s Hospital and Comcast SportsNet New England.
Simoncini met Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, watched courtside as players from both teams warmed up and enjoyed the game from a suite at TD Garden. The Celtics did their part to make it a special afternoon, cruising to a 128-119 victory over the Kings.
Simoncini, a patient at Boston Children’s, attended the game with his family as guests of the Amica Game Ball program. Through the program, Amica has donated $300,000 to Boston Children’s during the last eight seasons.
Simoncini’s abdominal organs grew outside of his body before he was born – a condition that also affected the development of his heart and lungs. His life was high-risk, but a multidisciplinary team of doctors at Boston Children’s was well-equipped to treat him. Simoncini spent his first seven and a half months at the hospital, where he grew stronger with the help of various surgeries and therapies.
“This was great – just to be able to make it to a Celtics game,” said Maureen Simoncini, Brody’s mother. “A lot of times, we didn’t know if we’d be able to do something like this. Brody has beaten the odds.”
“It was a pleasure to meet Brody and his family as part of the Amica Game Ball program,” said Vince Burks, communications director at Amica. “He has overcome many challenges in his young life, and we were thrilled to share such a special day with him.”
(Photo info: From left, Kenny Simoncini, Maureen Simoncini, Jameson Simoncini (front), Brody Simoncini, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn and Vince Burks, communications director at Amica Insurance.)