Mario Chalmers will always be remembered for making the miracle 3-point that helped propel the KU Jayhawks to the national title in 2008.
Now, he's reaching beyond his basketball heriocs by helping cancer patients in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
"Mario's Closet" will offer patients low cost accessories like wigs, cosmetics, bras and even prostheses.
The Miami Heat guard says he always wanted to learn more about cancer after his childhood friend lost his mother to breast cancer.
"I try to do my best on the basketball court so people will remember me, but off the court I try to do as much I can", said Chalmers.
He added it's important to help out the people who are struggling to battle cancer.
The Mario Chalmers Foundation donated $25,000 to the hospital to create the shop. It will offer items at a reduced cost to some patients and is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Chalmers says the shop is inspired by his own experiences with cancer. "This is very close to me," said Chalmers. "I had my best friend Paul Peterson's mom died of breast cancer so this is very close to me and something we are doing in honor of her now."
For men and women fighting cancer, Mario's Closet is a comforting place that restores confidence, dignity and hope through personalized image renewal. It is the only boutique of its kind in Lawrence.
A gift to the community from the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, Mario's Closet offers affordable solutions to target the physical effects of cancer treatment, including wigs and salon services, mastectomy bras and prostheses, cosmetics, skincare products and more. Some of our most popular items include:
Surface hair care products
Amoena prostheses and pocket swimsuits
Wig lines by Raquel Welch, Gabor and Sepia
Mario's Closet is conveniently located in the main lobby of Lawrence Memorial Hospital at 325 Maine Street (just inside the Arkansas Street entrance). The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call (785) 505-2615.
Thank you to all that supported the efforts regarding the grand opening of "Mario's Closet". A special thank you to all of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) officials, design and construction teams, the Oncology Unit as well as Kathy Clausing-Willis and her team in the Endowment Office. Without your hard work the vision would have remained an image on paper. Your hard work and dedication has left a lasting impression in our hearts and many others.
If you wish to donate to Mario's Closet please click on the logo below.
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