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Charity gives in honor of student
Bill and Terrilyn Donohue are carrying on the spirit of helping others for which their son, the late A.J. Donohue, was well-known.

On Wednesday, they visited Wolfson Children's Center at Southeast Georgia Health System, in Brunswick, with Team A.J., the organization founded in A.J. Donohue's memory.

The visit for Bill Donohue, former executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority, his wife, and Team A.J. was to donate $30,000 to the children's health care center that was opened in September.

The money was raised from the sixth annual A.J. Donohue Golf Memorial Tournament held in February on Jekyll Island.

Bill Donohue spoke about how happy Team A.J. is to help Jacksonville-based Wolfson Children's Hospital, which took care of his son during his illness.

Andrew J. Donohue, a student at Glynn Academy who was known as A.J. to friends and family, died in September 2006 after a long battle with a rare form of bone cancer. He was 18.

"For us, it's a great opportunity, because we can continue to say thanks to the hospital that cared for A.J., but also (to) the community that cared for our family," Bill Donohue said.

A.J. Donohue spent 207 days at the Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. While there, he always tried to motivate the staff to pursue their dreams despite obstacles, which is how the idea to raise money for the hospital originated, Bill Donohue said.

Before he died, A.J. raised more than $50,000 for projects at the Jacksonville hospital.

Michael Aubin, president of Wolfson Children's Hospital, accepted the $30,000 donation from Team A.J. in the lobby of the Wolfson's Brunswick center.

"I never got to meet A.J., but I heard about the legend of A.J., and he still lives strong at Wolfson Children's Hospital," Aubin said. "We're excited to continue the legacy of A.J, Donohue and his work."

The Wolfson Children's Center in Brunswick provides outpatient pediatric cardiology and rehabilitation services.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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