Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment
Philanthropic support from committed friends like WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins is playing a key role in advancing the fight against cancer. On May 24,2003, Norma Mae Huggins, mother of Coach Huggins, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. In her memory, the coach established the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment at the WVU Cancer Institute. The Huggins Endowment Fund supports clinical cancer research, targeting many types of the disease that are common among residents of the Mountain State, which has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation.
The efforts of Coach Huggins and the commitments of hundreds of others continues to bolster his fund. In addition, At the 2016 Huggins Fish Fry, coach announced his ‘Road to $2 Million’ initiative. As of January 2017, nearly $1.35 million has been raised for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment. All proceeds stay here, at home, to help West Virginians.