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Edmonton Oilers forward Gilbert Brule makes biggest impact off the ice

Jul 15, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

gilbertbrulecharity.jpgWhile Gilbert Brule struggles to distinguish himself on the ice, he’s standing out when it comes to his charitable efforts. The Edmonton OIlers forward cut his vacation short and donated a considerable amount of money (and time) to help a two-year-old boy named Maddox Flynn in his fight against lymphatic cystic hydroma.

The blog Hey Edmonton has more on the story.

In May, Gilbert was one of many people who donated to a fund that saw 2 year old Maddox Flynn sent to New York for Facial surgery to help deal with his lymphatic cystic hydroma. $10,000 was his contribution.

Now, next week Maddox is expected to undergo the second and final facial surgery. Brule, who kept in contact with the Flynn’s since his donation continued to show how big his heart is when he decided to plan an entire trip to NYC specifically to see Maddox before he heads in for the next surgery.

“When I heard he was going back for another surgery … I thought, ‘We might as well go there when he’s there and make a trip of it,’ ” he said. “Hopefully I can help his day out a little bit and bring him some gifts.”

It’s one thing to donate money to a cause, but it seems like Brule is getting involved in helping the young child in his recovery. While Flynn’s condition is sad, Brule should be commended for his genuine interest in helping someone in the community.

(H/T to Copper & Blue.)

  1. Hoog - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Great to read a story of a pro athlete doing fantastic things. I hope he gets the big payday someday.

  2. teal - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Seldom do we get to see athletes doing fantastic things for someone other than themselves…. Way to go Brule!

  3. Me - Jul 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Wonderful story! I still can’t root for the Oilers though. Well, just Brule.

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