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.