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In May of 1978, Dr. Stanislawa Dymnick of Poland met Dr. Zoltan Mesko of the United States at the International Cardiologic Conference in Budapest, Hungary. It was there that she addressed the issues of inadequate healthcare for children in Poland with particular stress on corrective procedures.

Upon returning to the United States, Dr Mesko brought the issue to the attention of the Polish-American community. This meeting sparked the beginnings of the Polish Gift of Life. The organization officially began in Albertson, NY in October of 1978.

Founding Members

Phyllis Marcin (deceased)
Anthony & Frances Ratajczyk (deceased)
John & Wanda Senko
Donald (deceased) & Sophia Short
Irena Piszczatowska (1st president) (deceased)
Jadwiga & Ted Gapinski
Walter Kalinowski (deceased)
John Tucholski (deceased)
Mary & John Sadowski (deceased)
Sabina Obarowska - (deceased)
Regina Kujawa-Kowal


It is our mission to aid in the war against the deficiencies of medical system in Poland by bringing medical and financial assistance to the Polish children who would otherwise go without. We at the Polish Gift of Life understand that our cause is only a part of the solution but through our efforts, we hope to bring awareness to the problems these children face.