Mario V. Chalmers Foundation


Mario's Closet is a place for feeling good.

   About the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation

It started when former KU basketball player Mario Chalmers began playing in the NBA and started  a foundation as his way to give back.  Mario's best friend mother, Pauline Peterson, had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Mrs. Pauline, who lost her battle with the disease in 2006, was like a second mother to Mario. The Mario V Chalmers Foundation provided initial funding to build this specialty shop at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and his goal to make cancer patients feel good about themselves became a reality.

Mario's Closet opened in July 2011 as a place for people going through cancer treatment.  It provides affordable options for wigs, prosthetics and post-surgical garments. It also is a nice place to shop for healthy lifestyle items, hats, cards, journals and more.  It's success is because of  personal connections. Twelve volunteers staff the shop, several of whom are cancer survivors. People often find it helpful to make connection with someone who has gone through what they are going through.

Financial contributions are always welcome;they helps provide superior service and experiences for our patients and the communities 

To donate, please visit If interested in volunteering please contact Lawrence Memorial Hospital Volunteer Services at 785.505.3141.

​   Mario's Closet

The mission of the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation is to create and support community based programs that encourages the positive development of youth through sports and education and fund initiatives for breast cancer/cancer research and treatment. 

Mario V. Chalmers Foundation funds youth initiatives and breast cancer awareness initiatives