Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat looks on against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 2, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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LAWRENCE, Kansas - Former Kansas Jayhawks basketball star Mario Chalmers is opening a specialty shop for cancer patients at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Chalmers, now with the NBA's Miami Heat, told the Lawrence Journal-World he wants to help cancer patients because the disease claimed the mother of a childhood friend.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the shop, called Mario's Closet, is set for July 22 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The shop will carry a variety of free or low-cost accessories such as wigs, prosthetics and hats.
Chalmers was treated at the hospital for various injuries during a college career capped by a dramatic three-pointer that sent Kansas to an overtime win over Memphis for the 2008 NCAA championship.
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