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2nd Annual Live to Give Gala

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – About 200 people gathered at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Friday night, for the 2nd Annual “Live to Give” Gala. The event is in honor of Cory Garwacki.

Cory was born in 1987 with a rare condition called “short gut syndrome”, and wasn’t expected to survive more than a few days, but no one ever told Cory. He underwent more than 100 surgeries, and lived until 2014. He was 27-years-old.

Beth Garwacki, Cory’s mother, told 22News her son’s mission of “Live to Give” lives on; “It made him feel really good to be able to help somebody. So, anytime he could help out with one of his favorite charities, or something he was really passionate about, then he put everything he had into it.”

In 2016, the Cory J. Garwacki Foundation raised $47,000. The money went to several charities and helped three students, including a transplant student, with money for college.

22News Anchor Rich Tettemer was a life-long friend of Cory; they met during the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.

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East Longmeadow Fire and Police departments celebrate $7,000 donation

East Longmeadow Fire and Police departments celebrate $7,000 donation
July 28, 2016 | Chris Goudreau

EAST LONGMEADOW – Town officials celebrated a $7,000 donation to the East Longmeadow Fire and Police departments on July 26 from the Cory J. Garwacki Foundation.

Sarah Mahan, Cory’s sister and the foundation’s secretary, told Reminder Publications her brother was a lifelong resident of East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School (ELHS) in 2005.

He passed away in October 2014 after graduating with a communications degree from Westfield State University.

“He wanted to start a nonprofit and maybe do some public speaking,” she explained. “He had talked about maybe writing a book. He wanted to give back to the community, but he wanted to encourage others that … if anything in life is holding you back, you can still follow your dreams.”

Mahan said her brother battled various health issues his entire life, but “always kept a smile on his face.”

According to the foundation’s website, Garwacki was born with a rare and life threatening condition known as short gut syndrome, which meant he was missing the majority of his intestine. Cory was not expected to survive more than a few days. During his life, he endured more than 100 surgeries, including two separate organ transplants.

This year, the foundation has donated funds to Baystate Children’s Hospital and presented a scholarship to a graduating student from ELHS set to attend college in the fall.

She added the foundation also plans to host its first golf tournament at Chicopee Country Club on Sept. 18, which it hopes to make an annual event.

Town Council President Kevin Manley said the Fire Department plans on using some of the funds on uniforms for its firefighters and the Police Department is exploring ways to utilize the money.

“I think it’s great that people in this community give back to the community here, especially in light of recent events,” he added. “It’s nice to see the support for public safety professionals and first responders.”

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Masslive 2nd Annual Live to Give Gala

HOLYOKE-- With the aim of honoring the late East Longmeadow native Cory Garwacki, the second-annual "Live to Give" gala in his honor was held Friday at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.

Garwacki grew up in East Longmeadow, but really, he grew up in hospitals as he suffered from short bowel (or short gut) syndrome.

His memory is carried on by his mom and dad, who fought the noble fight with him for 27 years with the help of his sister, Sarah, her husband and all those family members and friends. The Cory J. Garwacki Foundation was officially launched in 2015 with a kickoff party at the History of Springfield Museum at the Quadrangle.

East Longmeadow's Cory Garwacki was given 10,143 days, and made each one count
The Red Sox fan's 27-year battle with health issues was an inspiration.


Its motto is "Live to Give,'' and its goal is offer scholarships in the field of communication, while also supporting various children's charities and raising awareness of key health care issues.

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Hundreds gather in Holyoke for the 1st Annual Cory Garwacki Gala

Hundreds gather in Holyoke for the 1st Annual Cory Garwacki Gala
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – People came together Friday night to celebrate a young life that touched so many in western Massachusetts. Close to 200 people gathered at the Log Cabin in Holyoke for the first annual Cory Garwacki Gala.

Cory was one of the first kids to benefit from the services offered by Baystate Children’s Hospital. He lived to 27-years-old and made them all count.

Elizabeth Garwicki, Cory’s mom, told 22News the turnout is a reminder of how many people Cory touched; “Cory was such a huge presence in our life, but I think we all still feel him with us, all the time.”

22News Anchor Rich Tettemer was a life-long friend of Cory; they met during the Children’s Miracle Network Telethons. Cory suffered from short gut syndrome, and died in October of 2014.

The Gala was sponsored by the Cory J. Garwacki Foundation, which promotes Cory’s mission of “Live to Give.”

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Mother raises awareness for organ donation after death of son

Mother raises awareness for organ donation after death of son

Check out this article and news clip from Channel 3 Eye Witness News in Connecticut.

By Joseph Wenzel IV, News Editor
By Mark Zinni


SPRINGFIELD, MA (WFSB) -
A mother remembers the son she lost one year ago this week, but she said she's not letting her grief stop her from fulfilling his dying wish.



Read more: http://www.wfsb.com/story/30376938/mother-raises-awareness-for-organ-donation-after-death-of-son#ixzz3pzn3WcVx

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Baystate Children's Hospital honors the late Cory Garwacki of East Longmeadow by bringing a piece of Fenway Park to new play deck

Baystate Children's Hospital honors the late Cory Garwacki of East Longmeadow by bringing a piece of Fenway Park to new play deck
Don Treeger / The Republican

Baystate Children's Hospital unveiled a new play deck, dedicated to the memory of Cory Garwacki, longtime patient and friend of the hospital. Look at photos and read an article about this wonderful event

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Cory Garwacki Foundation Launch News Interview

By Rich Tettemer June 22, 2015

Cory’s mom Beth and sister Sarah talked with 22News anchor Rich Tettemer about the Foundation’s motto “Live to Give.”

The Cory J. Garwacki Foundation held a launch party on Saturday June 20th at the History of Springfield Museum at the Quadrangle in Springfield MA. This was the Foundation’s grand kick off & introduction to family, friends, and members of our community.

The foundation has been established to honor and celebrate Cory’s life while supporting the causes that were important to him. It was Cory’s dream to create a non-profit foundation. Through sponsorships and on-going fundraising efforts, the Foundation will offer academic scholarships to students continuing their education in the field of communications. The Foundation will support various children’s charities and raise awareness in the community for key health care issues that Cory was passionate about.

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Baby Given Days to Live Creates Legacy After 6 Organ Transplant

Baby Given Days to Live Creates Legacy After 6 Organ Transplant
This article written by Alisha Picerno emphasizes the importance of becoming an organ donor by telling Cory's story. You can also learn about becoming an organ donor and joining the Donor Registry from this article.
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A Gala for Cory J. Garwacki

A Gala for Cory J. Garwacki
CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The Cory J Garwacki Foundation’s mission is to promote and facilitate the “Live to Give” philosophy through community partnerships, education and awareness. Sarah Mahan, Foundation Secretary and Rich Tettemer, Board of Directors told us about upcoming events.
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East Longmeadow's National Night Out

East Longmeadow's National Night Out
The Cory J Garwacki Foundation was excited and proud to be a part of the East Longmeadow National Night Out. Check us out in the video presented by ELCAT around the 8:09 mark.


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Critical need for pediatric organ donors

By Jocelyn Maminta Medical/Health Reporter

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — There are children on the list of patients waiting for a donated organ, but the number of young donors is far less, compared to adults who are willing to donate.

Organ donation is not an easy decision for many adults and when it comes to children, parents don’t often think about donating a child’s organs in their time of grief.

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Cory J Garwacki Launch Party

Cory J Garwacki Launch Party
Cory Garwacki Foundation will be a brave man's legacy

By: Ron Chimells

The Cory J. Garwacki Foundation was officially launched with a kickoff party Saturday night at the History of Springfield Museum at the Quadrangle. Its motto is "Live to Give,'' and its goal is offer scholarships in the field of communication, while also supporting various children's charities and raising awareness of key health care issues.

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Cory Garwacki Remembered

Published on Oct 30, 2014

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Original "Miracle Baby" for Children's Miracle Network Telethon passes away at age 27

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Cory J Garwacki Foundation Slideshow

Slideshow created by Matt Perkins with audio arrangement by Rob Kopec

Learn about the inspiration for the Foundation!


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Cory J. Garwacki Foundation kicks-off fundraising

Cory J. Garwacki Foundation kicks-off fundraising
By Ashley Kohl

Published: June 29, 2015, 9:00 am Updated: June 29, 2015

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The Cory J Garwacki Foundation’s mission is to promote and facilitate the “Live to Give” philosophy through community partnerships, education and awareness. Elizabeth Garwacki, Foundation President, Sarah Mahan, Foundation Secretary, Rich Tettemer, Board of Directors and Emma Gilbert, Board of Directors joined us to share the details.

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East Longmeadow's Cory Garwacki was given 10,143 days, and made each one count

East Longmeadow's Cory Garwacki was given 10,143 days, and made each one count
By Ron Chimelis | October 30, 2014
He was the bravest guy I ever knew.
He was the best Boston Red Sox fan I ever knew.
And, while it is true that nobody wins the fight against death, it is hopefully some solace to Cory Garwacki's countless friends and devoted family that he brought death to its knees for 27 years, a total of 10,143 days in all - enough time to make an impact which will last long past his death on Oct. 26…

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Remembering Cory Garwacki

Remembering Cory Garwacki
From the Baystate Health Foundation Summer Newsletter

Remembering Cory Garwacki

The 2015 94.7 WMAS Radiothon offered three days of inspiration-as well as a glimpse of the heartbreak that accompanies life-threatening illness, even in an age of effective treatment and cure.

On the first day of the 2015 Radiothon, a rocking chair stood empty in memory of Cory Garwacki, 27, who passed away in October 2014 after a lifelong battle with short gut syndrome. A passionate advocate and fundraiser for Baystate Children's Hospital, Cory had never missed a Radiothon. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno proclaimed March 5 "Cory Garwacki Day." We remember Cory with affection, and extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Spotlite: Lifechoice & Cory J. Garwacki Foundation

Podcast by Mary Scanlon

When Cory Garwacki was born with a rare medicalcondition he was given only a few days to live. But thanks to numerous surgeries and a six organ transplant he was able to be with his family for 27 years. After he passed away last year, his family launched a charity to honor Cory’s dream of helping kids just like him. This week’s guest on Spotlite are Beth Garwacki, President of the Cory J.Garwacki Foundation and Chas Mackenzie, Director of Education and Hospital Services at LifeChoice Donor Services.

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The time to have the conversation is now: April is National Organ Donor Awareness Month

Check out this article Cory wrote for the Westfield Voice about National Organ Donor Awareness Month.

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