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UW Health reflects on Mike McCarthy’s work with American Family Childrens Hospital

MADISON (WKOW) — Alongside his work with the Green Bay Packers, former head coach Mike McCarthy spent the past eight years giving back to American Family Children’s Hospital.

According to Jim Gilmore, the development director at Children’s Hospital, McCarthy’s annual golf tournament and dinner has raised $2 million over the past two years.

Gilmore said he met the coach and his wife Jessica in 2009 when they toured the hospital for the first time. That was when they chose to make the hospital the center of their charity work within the state.

“One of the things that appealed to them was just like the Green Bay Packers, we have an impact statewide,” Gilmore said.

That’s why, on top of the annual fundraiser, Gilmore said McCarthy always made a trip to meet the children in the hospital.

“When he walked into that room, they just lit up,” he said. “He bared his soul with these families and in that five to 10 minutes, established a one-on-one relationship with them.”

With McCarthy gone as head coach, we don’t know how he will continue his charity work in Wisconsin. Gilmore, however, believes the hospital’s partnership with the McCarthys still has a future.

“I’m quite confident that we will continue our relationship with Coach and Jessica well beyond his time as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He’s truly become a friend of the children’s hospital,” he said.

Michelle Alfini

Reporter, WKOW

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