Cam started The Cam Neely Foundation in 1995 in memory of his parents, Marlene and Michael Neely, who both succumbed to cancer within several years of one another. Following this life-altering experience, Cam understood, firsthand, the needs of families to be close to loved ones who undergo treatment for cancer. Starting with 8 rooms, and expanding over the years to 16 rooms, Cam established The Neely House to provide a home away from home for cancer patients and their families to stay overnight at a reasonable cost as they undergo cancer treatment or participate in clinical trials at Tufts Medical Center. Cam believes improving these small but very meaningful things help ease the overwhelming experience of cancer treatment.
In addition to the initial buildout and subsequent renovation of The Neely House, which Cam’s wife, Paulina Neely, undertook as project manager, The Neely’s have donated millions in additional funding to Tufts Medical Center, through The Cam Neely Foundation, to support The Neely Cancer Fund Initiatives. These initiatives include The Marlene Neely Center for Digestive Health, The Michael Neely Center for Brain Tumor Care and Research, The Michael Neely Neuroscience Center, The Neely Cell Therapy and Collection Center, The Neely Center for Clinical Research, The Neely Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, and The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
Since the foundation’s inception, more than $31 million has been raised, with $.91 of every dollar going towards the Foundation’s main initiatives. The Cam Neely Foundation’s largest fundraiser is the annual Comics Come Home event, the longest running standup comedy benefit in the United States which has raised over $12 million to date.
Starting in 1986 with playing for the Boston Bruins, Cam’s ferocious blend of offensive talent and punishing presence on the ice led him to being one of the most revered players in Boston Bruins’ history. Cam’s number 8 was retired to the rafters at TD Garden in 2004 and in 2005 he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Cam has served as president of the Boston Bruins since 2010 and he led the team to a Stanley Cup victory in the 2010-2011 season. He is married to Paulina Neely and they have two children, Ava and Jack.
Neely received honorary Doctor of Laws from UMass Boston in May of 2003. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Hockey Hall of Fame, CoachUp, and A.S. Roma S.P.A.. In 1994, Neely won the NHL’s "Bill Masterton Trophy" as the player who best exemplified the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Neely was honored with the league’s Lester Patrick Award in 2010 for his “outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Cam was recently featured alongside his wife Paulina as one of the top 50 philanthropists of the year in Town & Country’s annual philanthropy issue.
Paulina Neely is a nutritionist enthusiast and philanthropist who has been highlighted in Town and Country alongside her husband, Cam Neely, for their inspiring approach to fund initiatives that provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families. Together, the Neely’s work has been recognized in numerous regional and national publications.
In addition, Paulina also believes in the power of incorporating into one’s own healthcare, a nutrition-based approach to care in order to address the root cause of diseases. She is first and foremost dedicated to educating the public on this type of treatment alternative for the specific purpose of helping to prevent cancer and autoimmune disease. As Vice President of The Cam Neely Foundation, Paulina works closely with the staff, in collaboration with Tufts Medical Center in Boston, to encourage scientists and doctors to develop new cancer and autoimmune related treatments and therapies, by blending Eastern and Western approaches to medicine, that will help support patients looking for alternatives to taking a lot of medications to treat their disease.
Paulina’s keen interest in nutrition, and specifically the impact food has on our health, led her to pursue a culinary degree from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through this experience, she developed a passion for communicating to the public about the importance of a healthy diet in everyday life. Her vision of a more holistic approach to the treatment of disease, that depends on nutrition as a central component to a patient’s care plan, is her primary philosophy in nutrition. Paulina's ten year battle with Lyme disease led her down a personal path of looking at the immune system as a whole and the impact that food, nutrition and diet play into disease prevention. Paulina developed a deep understanding of how to use food as medicine to fight side effects of traditional cancer treatments and autoimmune therapies and knew there was a link between both diseases.
Paulina is actively involved in supporting local charities and organizations such as The Boston Bruins Foundation and is a Board Member of Waveforce and on the Board of Advisors for The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
David W. Brown
David Brown has been named the new executive director of The Cam Neely Foundation. David comes to CNF from MAB Community Services, where he has served as the chief advancement officer since 2015.
In his new role at The Cam Neely Foundation, David will report directly to the president, Cam Neely, and work closely with Vice President Paulina Neely, to shape the future of this impactful foundation with a long history of supporting cancer research, as well as patients and their families seeking treatment through Tufts Medical Center. Additionally, David will engage key stakeholders to develop new and compelling cases of support as part of a sophisticated and creative communication strategy, strengthening the foundation’s engagement with current and future donors and friends.
In David's previous role at MAB Community Services, he successfully implemented strategic advancement strategies focused on donor engagement, grant resource expansion, and creative fundraising opportunities. In addition, he maintained an active portfolio of donors, increasing revenue to MAB’s three unique divisions by 30%. Prior to his work at MAB Community Services, David was the chief advancement officer for The Forsyth Institute. Earlier in his career, he served as meteorologist, anchor, and reporter for WCVB-TV and is recognized as a passionate community service spokesperson.
Director of Operations and Special Projects
Andy originally joined The Cam Neely Foundation at its inception in 1995 and remained there until 2009. During that time, he was responsible for the Foundation’s event planning, day to day operations and development in which he was directly responsible for helping raise over $15 million. A licensed attorney, he left the Foundation to practice law and has returned to the Foundation as their Director of Operations and Special Projects.
Director, Neely House and Cancer Fund Initiatives
Patty served as the Director of the Client Services Program in the Development Office at Massachusetts General Hospital for the past 12 years, where she was responsible for managing the staff and operations of the Program. In this role, Patty facilitated healthcare referrals and cultivated relationships with key hospital clients in order to promote philanthropic support for the hospital.
Manager, Neely House
Manager of Social Media
Neely House In-house Housekeeper
Neely House Guest Services Representatives