In addition, Mario is reaching beyond his basketball heroics by helping cancer patients in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. "Mario's Closet" offers patients low cost accessories like wigs, cosmetics, bras even prostheses, The Miami Heat guard says he always wanted to learn more after his childhood friend lost hi smother to breast cancer. The Mario Chalmers Foundation donated $25,000 to create the shop. It will offer items at a reduced cost to cancer patients who are need of the items.

For men and women fighting cancer, Mario's Closet is a comforting place that restores confidence, dignity and hope through personalized image renewal. It is the only boutique of its kind in Lawrence Kansas. Some of our most popular items include Lindi Skin, Mirabella Cosmetics, Surface hair care products, Amoena prostheses and pocket swimsuits, Wig lines by Raquel Welch, Gabor and Sepia.

Mario's Closet is conveniently located in the main lobby of Lawrence Memorial at 325 Main Street (just inside the Arkansas Street entrance). The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, please call (785) 404-2615

Project 15

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 research and treatment. Raising funds for women with breast cancer has been a major clause that Mario Chalmers has supported ever since a dear childhood friend's mother passed away from the disease a number of years ago. The foundation also strives to empower,inspire and enable youth to live healthy lifestyles, put education first and give back to their communities. Each activity supported by the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation encourages youths to stay positive and remind them that in times of adversity...we must perform.

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

In 2011 the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation created Project 15, a monetary award that provides funding to community organizations that inspire youth to participate in educational and recreational activities. Project 15 recipients are awarded based on essay submission and/or community recommendations.

2012 Recipient

The Little Miracle Daycare Center in Vass, NC was awarded a $7,000 donation through Project 15  in 2012 so they could complete their third location in Cameron, North Carolina.  Little Miracle Daycare Center has provided before and after school care, summer camps and educational programs for youth in underprivileged rural communities in Vass and Carthage, North Carolina for over 15 years.

Mario, who grew up in Anchorage Alaska has a connection to the small town through his parents Ronnie and Almarie who grew up in the area. "As a kid, I remember visiting Cameron during our summer vacations. My aunts, uncles and cousins would gather over at my grandparents house for family celebrations", said Mario, "When I learned that my Aunt Margaret and Uncle Alphonso Mosley Jr. wanted to expand their daycare to Cameron, I jumped at the opportunity to help."

2011 Recipient

The Villages Inc., a non-profit organization that provides emotionally supportive group homes to youth 6 to 18 years old in Topeka and Lawrence, KS, was the first organization awarded Project 15 funding so they could complete construction of an outdoor basketball court. The Villages Inc. supports conservation of nature through programs of the W. Clement Nature Center. For more information on The Villages, Inc., please visit

About the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation

Mario V. Chalmers Foundation