BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins president Cam Neely continues to make a difference at Tufts Medical Center, this time in honor of his late mother.

On Tuesday, the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care announced it has pledged $1.5 million towards the creation of the Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite at Tufts Medical Center. The new clinic will be named in honor of Neely’s mother, Marlene, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 1987.

“We started the foundation 17 years ago in memory of our parents who taught us the importance of helping those in need,” Neely said in a release. “I am pleased to continue the Foundation’s mission of providing comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families with this pledge to Tufts Medical Center. It is my hope that the high-quality services and welcoming care that this suite will offer can ease what is often a difficult and bumpy road for cancer patients and their families.”

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The pledge will be used to expand Tufts’ existing gastroenterology clinic and endoscopy suite by adding a wide range of procedures and services. Expected to open in 2013, the Marlen Neely Endoscopy Suite will join the recently opened Michael Neely Neuroscience Center, a state-of-the-art, 15-bed unit for patients diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Foundation will also take feedback and suggestions from families and staff to make sure the suite is warm and welcoming for all patients.

Since its inception in 1995, The Cam Neely Foundation has partnered with Tufts Medical Center on a number of initiatives, most notably The Neely House, which opened in 1997 and serves as a home away from home for cancer patients and their families.

The foundation has raised more than $27 million in 17 years.


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