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30 Days of Giving 2017 – Day 14: SUNY Oswego Honors Those Battling Ovarian Cancer

Participants pose in front of Culkin Hall at SUNY Oswego on Teal Day.

When Totally Teal Day and the fight against ovarian cancer come up for SUNY Oswego, the campus draws inspiration from one of its most giving ever, the late Mary Gosek. Mary was a 34-year computer program analyst at the college and wife of SUNY Oswego men’s hockey coach Ed Gosek.

One thing Mary didn’t give was a single inch to the disease during her years-long battle with it. Mary was passionately devoted to the college’s annual Totally Teal effort, to Hope for Heather and to the annual Teal Night men’s and women’s hockey games.

In the years preceding her death in June, she worked tirelessly to found and see through the early development of Peaceful Remedies, a nonprofit provider of holistic therapies, education and support in a safe and pleasant environment for people dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Tributes to Mary around the campus and the city of Oswego this fall have taken the form of charitable efforts, athletic competitions and other awareness-raising events that have drawn students, faculty, staff and community residents by the hundreds.

The Teal Night ice hockey games filled SUNY Oswego’s Marano Campus Center arena with loud and proud cheers. The men’s game celebrated a signature memory of Mary the hockey fan — it began with “Mary’s Minute,” the capacity crowd standing and cheering for the first 60 seconds of every period. Following his teal-wearing players’ come-from-behind win that night, The Palladium-Times in Oswego quoted an emotionally drained Ed Gosek, “In her own special way, Mary has influenced (the players) and helped them understand how to face adversity. They saw her at her worst with a smile on her face and she stayed positive.”

 

30 Days of Giving 2017:


  1. Day 1: Shopping with a Smile
  2. Day 2: Erie Community College Cook-Off for Kidneys
  3. Day 3: Stony Brook Medicine Helps in Puerto Rico
  4. Day 4: A Day of Service at Onondaga CC
  5. Day 5: New Paltz Students Make a Difference
  6. Day 6: Buffalo State College Dares to Care
  7. Day 7: Niagara County CC Students Lend A Hand for Thanksgiving
  8. Day 8: Old Westbury Helps Haiti
  9. Day 9: A Day of Service at SUNY Potsdam
  10. Day 10: Helping Animals at Hudson Valley Community College
  11. Day 11: FIT Students Help the Homeless
  12. Day 12: Morrisville Athletes Go Local For Service
  13. Day 13: SUNY Poly Gives Back Throughout the Region
  14. Day 14: SUNY Oswego Honors Those Battling Ovarian Cancer
  15. Day 15: Brockport Students Volunteer at Thanksgiving
  16. Day 16: SUNY ESF Sends Acorns to Action
  17. Day 17: Doors Open at the Columbia-Greene Community College Giving Closet
  18. Day 18: Monroe Community College Helps Walk for Water
  19. Day 19: SUNY Cortland Supports Crop Hunger Walk
  20. Day 20: Making Music at Farmingdale State to Help the Hungry
  21. Day 21: Increasing Food Security at Dutchess Community College
  22. Day 22: Addressing Food Insecurity On and Around SUNY Geneseo
  23. Day 23: Westchester Community College Plays the UnHunger Games
  24. Day 24: Binghamton University Builds University Assisted Community Schools
  25. Day 25: Mohawk Valley Community College Gives Back To Their Community
  26. Day 26: SUNY Oneonta Students Help Area Children Learn
  27. Day 27: Rockland Community College Comes Together to Aid Puerto Rico
  28. Day 28: Empire State College Donates to Caribbean Relief
  29. Day 29: Schenectady County Community College Students Provide Support to Foster Families
  30. Day 30: Raising Guiding Eyes at SUNY Delhi
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    With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, SUNY Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other and caring faculty.

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