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The Gronk Nation contribution was raised through a raffle of AFC Championship and Super Bowl tickets.
PORTLAND, Maine – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, his father Gordon and his brothers Dan and Gordie presented Maine Medical Center Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Sanders with a check for $25,000 to The Barbara Bush Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH) Tuesday afternoon. The money was raised through two raffles by Gronk Nation. One was for tickets to the AFC Championship Game and the other was for tickets to the Super Bowl.
Rob Gronkowski also visited with children being treated at the hospital and gave them ball spiking lessons. BBCH was one of three hospitals that benefited from the raffle. The other two were Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island and Boston Children’s Hospital.
“We have a great financial amount to share with the hospital,” Rob Gronkowski said. “We have to give all around New England.”
The money from this donation will be used to purchase specialized equipment for the hospital as well as health and wellness programs aimed at children. It also will support the Child Life program, which aims to provide fun distractions to young patients.
“We are very grateful for this generous donation from the Gronkowski Foundation,” said MMC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Sanders. “Gronk will always be a champion to us.”
About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit www.bbch.org.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
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