Danny Nickerson Celebrates Birthday

Patriots, Public Safety Officials Throw Danny Nickerson a Surprise Birthday Party Unlike Any Other

Cops for Kids with Cancer and the New England Patriots teamed up Saturday, July 26, to treat Foxborough’s Danny Nickerson to a special birthday party at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium.

It started with a simple wish for birthday cards a week before his sixth birthday and ended with a birthday celebration unlike any other at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.

Danny Nickerson, a Foxborough boy with an inoperable brain tumor, celebrated his sixth birthday on Friday, July 25, with a trip to Legoland in Boston before meeting New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium.

During the visit, Danny and his family toured the Patriots’ trophy room before taking a walk onto the Gillette Stadium field, where they were greeted by Pat Patriot, the team’s official mascot, and Patriots Cheerleaders.

“We got out on the field and Danny’s name was up on the video boards, which was absolutely awesome,” said Daniel Jamieson, Danny’s father. “I never thought one of my family member’s names would be up on the video board in Gillette Stadium.”

Kraft presented Danny with a card signed by the entire New England Patriots team and a gift bag, which included Patriots-themed toys and a customized Patriots jersey. Following the special field visit, Patriot Place treated Danny and his family to a birthday lunch at SkipJack’s.

“Seeing Danny smile so much has been amazing,” said Jamieson. “Everything Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family have done to help out my family and show support for my son is incredible.”

The show of support for Danny didn’t stop there, as Cops for Kids with Cancer organized a surprise birthday party for the six-year-old and his family at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26.

“Hopefully this helps Danny and his family know they aren’t alone,” said Burlington Police Sgt. Gerard McDonough, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event. “I’ve read that Danny can feel alone and sad at times, so we want the family to know they are not alone and they are not fighting alone.”

Danny’s special day began with a convoy of more than 100 police, fire and EMS vehicles arriving at Gillette Stadium shortly before 9 a.m. Hundreds of public safety officials representing more than 40 communities throughout the region then gathered on the steps of Patriot Place’s grand staircase to sing “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor.

“Seeing all the police, firefighters and motorcycle riders showing up to support my son is absolutely emotional and really nice,” said Jamieson.

The celebration continued on the first floor of CBS Scene with a public safety-themed birthday cake that featured a photo of Danny on a motorcycle and a presentation of birthday cards and gifts from each agency, including a motorized toy police car from Boston Police, which Danny drove around NRG Plaza until the power ran out.

“It’s been an incredible and emotional day,” said Canton Police Deputy Chief Helena Rafferty, who also serves as President of Cops for Kids with Cancer. “Every little boy loves police and fire and it is such an honor to be part of this special day.”

Foxborough police officer Stephen McGrath said participating in Saturday’s celebration was important to the department because Danny is a relative of one of their sergeants.

“We knew that participating today would be just one way to demonstrate our support to Danny and his family, and also to our sergeant,” said McGrath. “I know how important it is to them and I think they need to know not only the Foxborough Police Department is behind them, but the support extends throughout law enforcement and communities across the region. This event brings everything into focus for us and we are honored to be a part of it.”

After cake and presents at CBS Scene, the party moved to Patriots Training Camp where another surprise was waiting for Danny.

Toward the end of practice, Kraft invited Danny and his parents onto the field where the entire team, including head coach Bill Belichick, gathered around the Foxborough family and sang “Happy Birthday” to Danny.

“It’s been an incredible day for Danny and the Patriots singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my son was a real touching moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” said Jamieson.

Danny’s mother, Carley Nickerson, was equally grateful for all the support her family has received since making a public request for birthday cards for her son.

“It’s overwhelming,” Carley said. “Everyone has been amazing. They’ve all come together and are here for our little boy.”

Danny has received more than 150,000 birthday cards in the 10 days since his wish was made public. Some cards have been sent from as far away as Japan, and mail is still coming in.

“It’s been amazing to see him so happy,” said Carley. “He loves getting mail.”

For Sgt. McDonough and Cops for Kids with Cancer, the goal for Saturday was a simple one – make Danny and his family smile.

“As long as Danny was smiling and we gave the family some happy memories it was mission accomplished for us,” said McDonough. “We are very grateful to the Kraft family and the Patriots organization for giving us the venue to be able to do this and we were very happy for the show of support to Danny and thank all the officers who were able to come out.”

FOXBOROUGH RESIDENTS INVITED TO PATRIOTS’ ANNUAL IN-STADIUM PRACTICE ON AUGUST 1

Foxborough and South Walpole residents are invited to watch the New England Patriots practice inside Gillette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

The New England Patriots are hosting a free evening of football on Friday, Aug. 1, with two special events for fans and local residents to enjoy as the team returns to the field for the 2014 season.

Prior to the annual in-stadium practice for Patriots season ticket members and Foxborough and South Walpole residents, fans are invited to attend the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony for former cornerback and three-time Super Bowl champion Ty Law on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Later in the evening, the Patriots will show their appreciation for their local communities and loyal fan base when they host the eighth annual in-stadium practice under the lights at Gillette Stadium. The team will again be thanking the residents of Foxborough and South Walpole for their continued support with complimentary tickets to the exclusive event, which is closed to the general public. Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. with practice scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Patriots’ season ticket members can find their complimentary tickets in their season ticket booklets while Foxborough residents can pick up tickets at one of the following locations:

· Public Safety Building

· Senior Center

· Boyden Library
Proof of residency is required to obtain complimentary tickets. Please note, tickets will not be available at the Gillette Stadium ticket office.

In addition to the exclusive in-stadium practice and Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Patriots training camp opens Thursday, July 24, with practices open to the public on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Fans attending are asked to call the fan information line at (508) 549-0001 or visit Patriots.com/trainingcamp to verify daily practice times.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT 5 WITS PATRIOT PLACE, JULY 25-31

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

Radio Disney coming to 5 Wits Patriot Place for Rockin’ Road Show on Friday, July 25; Revs Girls visit on Thursday, July 31.

Feeling adventurous? Then stop by 5 Wits Patriot Place for some fun and live-action entertainment as the one-of-a-kind venue has planned several exciting events, including a Rockin’ Road Show event with Radio Disney, onFriday, July 25.

The adventure begins Wednesday, July 23, with Patriot Place’s outdoor movie series, “Summer Flicks,” on NRG Plaza. 5 Wits is sponsoring the free showing of the film, “The Goonies,” and will be giving away fun prizes on the NRG Plaza beginning at6 p.m. Prior to the film, which begins at sunset, families are encouraged to stop by the 5W!ts tent for free tattoos and a chance to win VIP passes to the live-action entertainment venue by playing the popular Squid Toss game.

On Friday, July 25, Radio Disney is coming to 5 Wits Patriot Place for a Rockin’ Road Show event from 12:30-2 p.m. The Radio Disney crew and Fan Van will be onsite to deliver a 90-minute family fun performance featuring music from your favorite Radio Disney artists. The event will also feature themed games and all kinds of cool prizes as part of Radio Disney’s Summer Adventure Tour.

Then on Thursday, July 31, the New England Revolution’s Revs Girls will be at 5W!ts from 5:30-9 p.m. as part of its Adults Adventure Night program, which runs every ThursdayFriday and Saturday night for select shows after 6 p.m. Guests can have their photos taken with the Revs Girls during the visit.

For more information, visit www.5-WITS.com.

ABOUT 5 Wits

5 Wits Patriot Place is cutting-edge, live-action entertainment that “immerses” you in realistic, hands-on adventures. Computer-controlled special effects and physical interaction put you in the center of the action, making you feel as if you’re in a movie or video game. Our Adventures are Espionage and 20,000 Leagues. Tickets are $14 for kids, $18 for adults. Call 855-955-WITS for reservations. For more information, visit www.5-WITS.com.

ABOUT PATRIOT PLACE

Patriot Place is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Patriot Place features large and boutique retailers, 17 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England’s first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, the award-winning Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and the four-star Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com, follow Patriot Place on Twitter (twitter.com/patriotplace) or like Patriot Place on Facebook (facebook.com/patriotplace).

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