|Published:||Mar 14, 2013 11:01 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 14, 2013 11:52 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Parents are one step closer to getting better health care for kids right here in southwest Florida. The owners of the new Papa Murphys Pizza are dropping some dough, so to speak, on the Golisano Children's Hospital Foundation.
The campaign to raise a $100,000,000 to build a new children's hospital at Health Park started back in 2011.
Hundreds of children dove to catch "Flying pizzas" from the new Papa Murphys Pizza in Fort Myers.
"This is just my way of reaching out and helping a community that has helped me out so much," said Pappa Murphy's owner Gary Nychyk.
The real story is why the owner of Papa Murphy's is doing this. When Nychyk's nephew, Randall, was three years old he was diagnosed with fibrillary astrocytoma.
"Which is basically a star shaped tumor in his brain," said Nychyk.
Randall is now in remission, but it touched his uncles heart so much that he's donating 50% of Papa Murphys proceeds for the next week to the Galisano Children's Hospital fund. The new children's hospital will be built in south Fort Myers.
"I think that the children will get more attention from the doctors which is very important," said mother Thea hallowell.
Right now the current children's hospital is inside the Health Park Medical Center.
"Many children are transferred to Tampa or Miami because of the overcrowding," said Lee Memorial Health System's Jeannie Cummings.
So the Lee Memorial Health System started a campaign in 2011 to build the brand new, 128 private room, hospital especially for children.
"I think it is amazing, it is something we dont have here and if my children needed those services I would want them here locally where I live," said mother Janna Trottier.
Tom Golisano himself recently donated 10-million dollars to the fund.
"We are at 81-million dollars against our 100 million dollar goal," said Cummings.
Lee Memorial says the new children's hospital will alleviate some of the over crowding issues in regular hospital.
Construction is expected to start this Fall and be completed by 2016.
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