LINCOLN, R.I. - Four-year-old Joseph Cotto, of Everett, Massachusetts, attended the Boston Celtics game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, Feb. 5, courtesy of Amica Insurance, Boston Children’s Hospital and CSN New England.
Joseph, his mother, Jodi Kelly, and her nephew, Austin Kelly, met Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, watched courtside as players from both teams warmed up and enjoyed the game from a suite and floor seats at TD Garden. The Celtics did their part to make it a special afternoon, picking up a 107-102 win over the Clippers.
Joseph, a patient at Boston Children’s Hospital, attended the game with his family as guests of the Amica Game Ball program. Through the program, Amica has donated $341,000 to Boston Children’s during the last nine seasons.
Joseph was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, CDKL5, which hinders brain development and affects fewer than 800 people worldwide. Once thought to never walk or talk, he is now making strides with both. Just recently, he laughed for the first time.
“To share this experience with Joseph and his family was extremely rewarding,” said Vince Burks, communications director at Amica. “This child has overcome incredible odds, and it puts into perspective the wonderful work being done at Boston Children’s Hospital on a daily basis.”
(Photo info: From left, Vince Burks, communications director at Amica Insurance, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn, Jodi Kelly, Joseph Cotto and Austin Kelly.)