[SPORTS] Support for LA Lakers Community Relations Director Eugenia Chow.
- EUGENIA CHOW
Make-A-Wish Boss Supports the Lakers
After reading T.J. Simers' April 28 column about his attempts to
facilitate a child's wish, I felt compelled to respond on behalf of
the Make-A-Wish Foundation children worldwide whose wishes were
granted because of the support we receive from the Los Angeles
Lakers and, in particular, Laker Community Relations Director
Ms. Chow's ability to consistently work with our organization while
dealing with the other demands of her job has allowed more children
than ever to receive a Laker wish; nearly 30 this year alone. She
also personally arranges special touches, like putting the child's
name up on the board at Staples Center, to ensure the child receives
an even more wonderful experience.
Fortunately for us, the Lakers make time for each wish request we
submit from children living with life-threatening illnesses. Even
more fortunately for the children, not every child dies as a result
of their illness. For many children, the wish experience provides
hope and strength to help them fight the battle with disease.
It should be clarified that Jose received his wish for a laptop
computer from our foundation last summer. As we can only provide one
wish per child, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was glad we provided Jose
with the one wish he wanted most in the world. The compassion,
dedication and generosity that Eugenia Chow and the entire Laker
organization provide to Make-A-Wish children who come from around
the world with their wishes is greatly appreciated by the entire
Judith K. Lewis
President/CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles
I would like to express my disappointment in T.J. Simers for
writing, and The Times for printing, the story that unfairly
criticizes our director of community relations, Eugenia Chow. Mr.
Simers' comments were hard and uncalled for. While a story so
critical would have been bad enough had it been about myself, a
coach or a player, we at least are public figures and supposedly
fair game for such stories. Eugenia Chow is not. What she is,
however, is an intelligent, hard-working and conscientious employee.
She is also a very compassionate and caring person.
In a perfect world, organizations such as Padres Contra El Cancer
and the Lakers would be able to grant the wishes of every sick
child. Indeed, in a perfect world, there would be no sick children.
However, what Mr. Simers fails to mention in his one-sided character
assessment of Eugenia is that her work has brought smiles to the
faces, and happiness and joy to the lives, of literally thousands of
children and their families in the three years she has been with us.
She is a significant part of our organization and we're happy and
proud that she is part of the Laker family.
Los Angeles Lakers
I have always been willing to give Mr. Simers the benefit of the
doubt in his "tongue-in-cheek" columns when he takes shots at the
Dodgers, USC, etc. His unwarranted attack on the Lakers regarding
the terminally ill young man is just too much and is really quite
If he is so indignant about the situation, why doesn't he volunteer
with Make-A-Wish, or some other organization that could change the
situation? Or he could work in a hospice. Nah, too much work,
especially when you can sit on the sidelines and take cowardly shots
from the safety of your desk.