Mary Balagna Mary Balagna

National Vice President Mary has been a Project Linus Volunteer since January of 1999 when she founded the Central Illinois chapter which she continues to coordinate today. Her husband Terry, an Emergency Room Physician, agreed to hand out blankets to ill and traumatized children in the ER and from there the chapter grew tremendously in a very short time. As a loyal Project Linus volunteer, Mary could not pass up another Project Linus opportunity that came her way. When Project Linus reorganized in November of 2000, Mary accepted the position of Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. In the past she has served in various community and civic board positions. She is the recipient of the 2004 Illinois State Medical Society Alliance Humanitarian Award and the 2008 Forsyth, Illinois Humanitarian Award. In addition to her other work with Project Linus, Mary has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa. She and Terry are the parents of four children—Cari, Rachel, Jonathan, and Alex—and currently have ten grandchildren.

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