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Missed field goal football used to raise money for late Gloucester officer’s young son

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Dr. Terry Oder says it was pretty thrilling to catch Billy Cundiff’s missed field goal during the Pats-Ravens game Jan. 22, and that it’s been great to have the ball in his possession — but he’s ready to let it go. The Connecticut nephrologist — who was raised in Gloucester, went to Harvard, and now lives in West Hartford — plans to use the famous football to raise money for the young son of late Gloucester police officer Aran Patrican, Oder’s close pal. Patrican was supposed to be at the game but died suddenly Jan. 5 at age 45 after a viral infection traveled to his heart. According to the website that has been set up in honor of Patrician’s son, “Terry decided that the ball should be in the Patriots’ possession, but he also wanted to try to do good for his deceased friend’s family. Terry has decided to ask fans to donate money to Thomas Patrican’s fund and Terry will donate the ball back to the Pats ... where it belongs.” Oder told us that he and his Pats-loving pals were compelled to launch the Thomas Patrican Scholarship Fund after getting so much media attention for catching that football. He said he still believes that Aran’s spirit put the ball in his hands, but that the late Gloucester police officer would want his friends to keep 1-year-old Thomas in mind. “I’m sure he would want us to help raise money for his son,” Oder said. He loved that baby.” The fund can be found at www.thomaspatricantrust.com.

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