Niagara Gazette

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April 21, 2013

Memorial joins Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics for Healthy Communities Initiative


Niagara Gazette — “That’s what Healthy Communities can help us to do,” Bock said. “To create partnerships with organizations like this hospital to try to address some of (those health issues) when athletes go back to their home communities.”

The program is part of a larger effort by the Golisano Foundation to support the Special Olympics in the organizations effort to expand health-related service for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The foundation, started by New York and Florida businessman B. Thomas Golisano, gave $12 million towards the organizations global push in September.

Ann Costello, the foundation’s director, said that most of the foundation’s work has concentrated on Western New York and southwest Florida, but this gift will have a greater impact.

“It’s the first gift that Tom Golisano has given that will have an international reach, as well as a broader reach in the United States,” she said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257.

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