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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mario Chalmers to celebrate opening of shop for cancer patients at LMH

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Mario Chalmers to celebrate opening of shop for cancer patients at LMH

Former Kansas University basketball star Mario Chalmers will be in Lawrence next week to celebrate the opening of Mario’s Closet at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Former Kansas University basketball star Mario Chalmers will be in Lawrence next week to celebrate the opening of Mario’s Closet at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mario’s Closet is a specialty shop for a variety of free or low-cost accessories for cancer patients, such as wigs, hats, prosthetics and special bras. Chalmers’ foundation donated $25,000 to the LMH Endowment Association to establish the shop.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house are set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 22, at LMH, 325 Maine. It is free and open to the public.

Chalmers, who plays for the Miami Heat, said during an interview last year that he wanted to give back to LMH, which treated him while playing basketball, and to Lawrence, a town he considers “a home away from home.”

He wanted to help cancer patients because a longtime childhood friend, Paul Peterson, lost his mother, Pauline, to the disease. Chalmers said she was like a second mother to him.

The LMH Regional Oncology Center sees about 600 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year and about 120 breast-cancer patients.

Comments

jayhwkroks 3 years ago

You're a class act Mario!!!!!!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael Pannacciulli 3 years ago

That what its all about. Giving back to the community that helped him get to the heights he's at now. I can't read enough of these types of stories.

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clevelandjayhawker 3 years ago

That is great! Really a neat cause

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AsadZ 3 years ago

I want to see Mario's jersey hung in AFH, sooner rather than later

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LeBo 3 years ago

A thoughtful idea that will be a blessing to someone!

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Jeeveshawk 3 years ago

Good job guys, you found a way to repeat the same comment in seven different ways.

But yes it is great that mario would do this.

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Keith Hummel 3 years ago

Geez - Chill out man!

Warning - I'm about to enter the same comment an eighth different way.

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Keith Hummel 3 years ago

You Rock Mario! What a great cause. Very proud of you.

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Woody Cragg 3 years ago

Great kid with a huge heart and still has that baby face. Certainly not enough of you board rats with positive comments on this story. This is a first class move. Come on guys, give credit where credit is due!

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Dan Pawlowski 3 years ago

A NCAA BBall Championship is a nice season, championship moments such as these are priceless.

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actorman 3 years ago

It's so great to know that one of the greatest all-time Jayhawks is also such a good guy who understands how important it is to make a difference in people's lives. Not only did he bring joy to countless thousands of us with the biggest shot in KU history, but he's doing his part to bring peace to people in extremely difficult times. Great story.

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mikehawk 3 years ago

What a great thing to do! Wow! That is really special. Very personal, and in a community that obviosly means a lot to Mario. We are fortunate when so many of these very high profie individuals develop such a deep relationship, not only with the school, but the community. It starts when the coaches have them doing the Special Olympics camps, the Christmas shopping for needy families, etc. It helps these young people learn to give back to their communities and to appreciate all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon them. Cheers for Mario!

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