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Say a little prayer for USTA’s John Pawlak

11:09 AM 23 Oct 2013 NZDT
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2014 Hall of Fame inductees Dave Miller, John Pawlak and Carol Cramer at the Little Brown Jug
Photo by Steve Wolf

We all need, no matter what your religious affiliation is, to say a little prayer.

It was reported today by the United States Trotting Association (USTA) that John Pawlak of the publicity department, underwent surgery Friday evening at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to have a brain tumor removed.

While subsequent testing found that the tumor was benign, post-operative swelling required Pawlak to have additional surgery on Monday, October 21.

According to his wife, Kris, Pawlak has been sedated and is resting comfortably but has a long recovery ahead of him.

Pawlak, along with co-USTA employee, Carol Cramer, were both recently voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicators Corner by the United States Harness Writers Association.

Pawlak has been a long-time employee at the USTA and before that was the track announcer and publicity man at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.  

He has done outstanding work over his career not only as journalist but also as a radio announcer and television broadcaster covering racing throughout the world. This season he reported from along with assisting in organizing the World Trotting Council Meetings in France, which he has helped run for many years.

Since John is unable to receive gifts and cards in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, it is suggested that they be sent to the USTA offices at 750 Michigan Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 and they will be forwarded to the Pawlak’s.

By Steve Wolf for

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