EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Cory Garwacki was laid to rest Thursday. He had spent much of his life being treated at Baystate Children’s Hospital, and raising money to help other children battling their Illnesses.
In spite of the illnesses that plagued Cory since birth, he became and continued to be a constant advocate for other sick children. At an early age, Cory became the face of the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon which was broadcast by 22News and hosted by news anchors Rich Tettemer and Lynn Barry.
Up until his death this week, at the age of 27, Cory was a fixture on the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon. Cory even graduated from Westfield State University last year.
The Baystate Children’s Hospital nursing staff remembered Cory’s generosity of spirit
Maryann Westcott said, “He got it. What life was all about, he knew what a difference a dollar could make for a child because he was on the receiving end of it for so many years.”
Melinda Smith-Ramsey said, “I started taking care of Cory when he was just coming from the NICU to the pediatric intensive care and cared for him throughout the years up until his early adulthood.”
His family said good-bye to Corey Thursday morning. Following the Mass of Christian burial at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in East Longmeadow, the native son was laid to rest at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Personnel at Baystate Children’s Hospital are planning a memorial service for Cory in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Cory Garwacki Fund, c/o the Premier Source Credit Union, 232 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028.