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    The Need

    Mikey's Way, beneficiary

    Mikey's Way Foundation (MWF) received its vision from its founder, Michael "Mikey" Friedman—a way to help connect and enrich the lives of children suffering with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

    MWF helps children cope with the isolation, boredom and fear associated with life-threatening illnesses. It is the goal of the foundation to be able to connect every child with their friends, family and school, enabling them to cope with the long hours, days and weeks of separation that they must endure. In creating a connection, we are in turn presenting the child with a form of diversion. This diversion is a necessary element to the Mind-Body connection, or Psychoneuroimmunology. The "Mikey's Way Connection Cart" circles the pediatric floors of the hospitals they serve, giving away all forms of electronics that permit the child to create their own diversion and thus allow for the Mind-Body connection. Every child is allowed to choose the item that they feel will work best for them.

    Since its inception in late 2005, MWF has been able to reach over 4,800 seriously ill children. Children who need to (in a word) ESCAPE. Please consider a shirt purchase or donation via their website to help!

    The Artist

    Garret Wolowski, artist

    Garret Wolowski has always had a traditional, passionate, and creative personality.

    Beginning at a young age with crayons and colored pencils to recreate sports logos and cartoon characters, his artistic path has led him to graduate from Villa Maria College with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design.

    Garret is currently a graphic designer at Identity Ink, a Buffalo-based T-shirt print shop that fulfills custom orders for various organizations throughout WNY, and also offers original Buffalo-themed designs on their website.

    Website: www.identityink.com
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/garretw5
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/gwolly

    The Sponsor

    Century 21 Winklhofer, sponsor

    THINK WINK for all of your Real Estate needs! Century 21 Winklhofer has been family owned and operated since the fall of 1964. Servicing all of WNY with 2 locations in Grand Island and Clarence/Williamsville NY. Let our family help move yours. Go to c21wink.com for all of our listings and for information about a career in Real Estate. We look forward to hearing from you.