Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sad news: CofC baseball coach's 13 year-old daughter diagnosed with cancer

Say a prayer for this young lady.

'The hardest thing I've ever done'
By Ken Burger

MOUNT PLEASANT — John Pawlowski looked out over the baseball field at Patriots Point on Wednesday afternoon but his mind was 170 miles away.

The College of Charleston baseball coach has much more to think about these days than his pitching rotation.

Just west of here, in the small town of North Augusta, his 13-year-old daughter, Mary-Louise, is fighting the fight of her life. She was diagnosed with PNET (primitive neuroectodermal tumors), a rare malignancy seen in only two percent of children with cancer.

"The hardest thing I've ever done is tell my 13-year-old daughter she has cancer," Pawlowski said on a sunny afternoon as his players arrived for practice.

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