Women In Leadership: The P.U.N.T Foundation's Gwen Mysiak

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM EDT

Gwen Mysiak's job is to make kids happy, but not just any kids. She helps kids like Erin Matthewson of Alden, who has been fighting cancer for two years.

Gwen runs the Brian Moorman P.U.N.T. Foundation, created nine years ago by the former kicker for the Buffalo Bills.

It stands for Perseverance, Understanding, Need and Triumph, and it helps support young cancer patients and their families.

Mysiak, a Western New York native, was working at WNED-TV when she became aware of the P.U.N.T. Foundation. Her young cousin, Andrew had been diagnosed with a rare, advanced cancer.

Gwen says,"Brian really swooped in like an angel and did things both small and grand to enhance his last few weeks."

And after Moorman was traded to the Steelers, Brian convinced Gwen to take over the foundation. She wasn't sure about leaving her TV job, until she got a call. A young girl's cancer had relapsed, and she was having surgery. Her one request: an American Girl doll. The girl was Erin.

"It was just amazing to get the doll," says Erin.

It's inspiring work that helped Gwen realize she is right where she is suppose to be.

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