Former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, his brother Dan, and father Gordie, Western New York natives and founders of Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, visited with children and families at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital today.
The Gronkowskis presented a check for $50,000 to the Kiss Cares for Kids/WBEN Radiothon. Their contribution propelled the total raised for The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation to $263,000, which will fund the purchase of a new ENT video tower.
The Gronk Nation Youth Foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth to reach their maximum potential through sports, education, community, and fitness. The foundation has donated to hospitals in the New England area, but this marks the first children’s hospital donation Gronk Nation has made in Buffalo.
“We wanted to bring it back home and give to the hospitals we grew up with,” says Dan Gronkowski. “We’re happy to add $50,000 to the total raised for the Radiothon for children in Buffalo.”
Andrew Bennett, vice president of the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, says the new ENT (ears, nose, and throat) video tower will provide greater clarity for physicians during surgery, increase efficiency, and most importantly, reduce the amount of time the children need to be under anesthesia.
“We’re so glad Rob returned back to Buffalo and be part of our home-town team in a big way,” says Bennett. “We’re incredibly grateful to Rob, Dan, Gordie, Chris, Glenn, and Gordie, Jr. for their tremendous contribution to children’s health here in Western New York.”