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St. Anselm's Mullin wins Humanitarian Award
The Hockey Humanitarian Award seeks "not to celebrate Hall of Fame athletes, but rather Hall of Fame human beings," according to the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award Web site. Mullin is only the third non-Division I winner of the award since the 1996 inaugural recipient, J.P. McKersie of Boston University.
Mullin was nominated as a result of many charitable endeavors he has undertaken through the past four seasons. The Andover, Mass., native co-founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, which benefits those affected by and living with paralysis through emotional and financial support.
Since the foundation's establishment on May 12, 2010, Mullin and his co-counder, Thomas Smith, have organized a variety of fundraising activities throughout New England and beyond. Through their fundraising efforts, they have raised over $51,000 and given $34,700 in grants, including a $10,000 grant to former Merrimack College hockey player Chic Kelly and his foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of spinal cord injury victims.
Mullin has also developed a "Massachusetts Cure Paralysis" license plate, the first-ever vanity license plate designed to benefit paralysis research. All proceeds generated from the license plate will support Invivo Therapeutics and and efforts to developing scaffolding systems for patients with acute spinal cord injuries.
Last season, Mullin and his teammates "adopted" 9-year-old Benjamin Roy, a regular attendee at St. Anselm home ice hockey games. Benjamin, at age 4, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia pre-B cell. Mullin and his teammates are involved with Benjamin through completing homework assignments, walking together in Relay for Life and building friendship through Legos and playing street hockey in the locker room.