Watertown resident Mike Slonina will be honored at this year's "The One Hundred" fundraiser put on by Massachusetts General Hospital's Cancer Center, for his own fundraising efforts for cancer awareness.
Last year I profiled Slonina, then a student manager for Catholic Memorial's basketball team, in a three-part series leading up to and chronicling his "A Shot For Life" marathon, in which he continuously shot a basketball for 24 hours in the name of cancer research. You can check out all three parts by following these links: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Slonina, who just completed his freshman year at Quinnipiac University, reportedly raised over $17,000 towards cancer research from the event.
The gala event is set for Thursday, June 7, at the Westin Hotel on the Boston Waterfront. Here is what they had to say about Slonina, the full release of which you can find by clicking here:
Mike Slonina is a young man with the enthusiasm and drive to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Mike’s mother, Betsy Cullen, was initially diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010 and subsequently was treated by William Curry Jr., MD, at the Mass General Cancer Center. Mike knew he had to do something to honor his mom and help in the fight against brain cancer.
Mike and his friends from Catholic Memorial School held the first event to raise awareness of this disease and support for the Brain Tumor Center at the Mass General Cancer Center. On April 9, 2011, “A Shot for Life” featured a basketball marathon of shooting hoops for 24 hours straight. Mike’s event raised more than $17,000 and gained the attention of the national media. It was attended by countless volunteers, his school’s staff, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and his mother’s physician, Dr. Curry. Mike now has more than 1000 Facebook fans and has touched the hearts of people nationwide.