Every year the Saint Demetrios church in Merrick hosts a bowling fundraiser at AMF Wantagh Lanes called “Pins for Pauly.” It is a nonprofit organization founded by his parents in May 2002 for Paul (“Pauly”) Pavlou. Their mission statement is “to provide children who have leukemia and their families with the emotional, financial and educational support necessary to cope with their life-threatening illnesses.”

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Pauly was 15 years old when he passed away from leukemia. Since he loved to bowl with his friends at Wantagh Lanes, they started the foundation in his memory. It is all run by volunteers. They sponsor as many children as they can. As the organization grows they will be able to help more and more children and their families. Last year’s recipient of financial assistance is in remission, and we are hopeful that he will beat leukemia.

I have been to the “Pins for Pauly” bowl-a-thon every year for the past seven years. The volunteers have made every year a fun experience. This year they raised more than $31,000. Their website to find out more and make a contribution is: pinsforpauly.org