D'Youville to Honor Ali Waclawek's Death with Scholarship

College also making donation to Oishei Children's Hospital

Brendan Keany
August 22, 2019 - 4:14 pm

Oishei Children's Hospital. May 21, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO (WBEN) - Western New York has once again stepped up as a community to reach out to a family just days after receiving some of the most devastating news they'll ever hear.

In the midst of what should have been one of the happiest days in the lives of Ali and Justin Waclawek - the birth of their daughter Ada - 31-year-old Ali was diagnosed with a rare condition called amniotic fluid embolism. While Ada survived, Ali eventually succumbed to her injuries.

A gofundme has been set up - "in memory of Ali, a Support Fundraiser has been opened for Justin and Ada to assist with medical expenses, funeral costs, and other unexpected child care needs." Astonishingly, yet not surprisingly, nearly $102,000 has been raised by Thursday evening, once again demonstrating the generosity and support from the community.

Ali served as a pharmacist at the Walgreens in North Buffalo, and she attended D'Youville's School of Pharmacy just a few years ago. Canio Marasco is the dean of the school, and he called Ali a special student and amazing person, and he explained that they're creating a scholarship in Ali's honor.

"We wanted, first, to honor her family's wishes, and they've indicated that donations can be sent to Oishei Children's Hospital in her memory," said Marasco. "As a school, we'll make a donation in memory of Ali to Oishei, but we really wanted something that was more pungent. Ali was a preceptor for us when she graduated, and she was a wonderful preceptor for our students because this was somebody as a pharmacist and healthcare provider that they could aspire to be as a person, and so we want to honor that with a scholarship...we want to give it to a student who really embodies those attributes that Ali did, so that, in a small way, she'll always be remembered and always be a part of the School of Pharmacy here."

Listen the the full conversation with Marasco below:

Justin released the following statement:

"On behalf of the Carey and Waclawek family, we are absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity and so filled with gratitude in knowing that we have such an incredible network of support. Any funds donated above and beyond Ada’s needs will be donated to the NICU of Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo."

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