Dec. 18, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. -
Auburn University Head Baseball Coach John Pawlowski and
his family recently donated $10,000 to the MCGHealth Children's
Medical Center in honor of his daughter, Mary-Louise, who has cancer.
The 14-year-old was diagnosed with PNET (primitive neuroectodermal
tumors), a rare malignancy seen in only 2 percent of pediatric cancer
patients, shortly before Christmas last year. Since then, she has
received chemotherapy treatments and had surgery at the MCGHealth
Children's Medical Center.
"It is very exciting for Mary-Louise and our family to be able to
give back to the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center because of all
they've done for us," Coach Pawlowski said. "We had a big decision
to make in where she would receive her care. We looked at hospitals all
over the country, and we decided she'd stay here. The care has been
great in the hematology/oncology clinic at the MCGHealth Children's
Medical Center, and we're very thankful for that."
Last month, Coach Pawlowski raised a portion of the $10,000 donation by
running in the New York City Marathon. The money will be used to
purchase a much needed blanket warmer for the pediatric
hematology/oncology clinic at the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center.
"Mary-Louise wants to make sure that when patients are getting cancer
treatments that they have a warm blanket," Coach Pawlowski said.
MCG Health, Inc. (d/b/a MCGHealth) is a not-for-profit corporation
operating the MCGHealth Medical Center, MCGHealth Children's Medical
Center, the Georgia Radiation Therapy Center, and related outpatient
facilities and services throughout the state. For more information,
please visit mcghealth.org.