The boy’s and girl’s basketball teams at Barrackville Middle School are doing their part to raise breast cancer awareness and support breast cancer research at the WVU Cancer Institute.
Earlier this year, the players sold pink t-shirts to their friends and family, raising $300, and during their Pink Out basketball game against Fairview Middle School in February they collected $138 from fans who attended the game. The game was extra special to Hannah Young, who lost her mother and an aunt to breast cancer. “My brother designed the pink t-shirts we sold,” she said.
“Our kids know a lot of people in their community who are either fighting breast cancer or have survived the disease,” Russell Hixenbaugh, teacher and girl’s basketball coach at Barrackville Middle, said. “I believe the passion they are showing now will only continue to grow and eventually will make a big impact on future efforts to find a cure.”
Breast cancer researcher Elena Pugacheva, PhD, accepted the school’s donation on behalf of the Cancer Institute. “When I heard about what you did to help reduce the breast cancer burden, I was so touched that it brought tears to my eyes.” In a show of her appreciation, Dr. Pugacheva invited the students to come to the Cancer Institute and visit her lab.
In the photo, The basketball teams from Barrackville Middle School and Fairview Middle School pose with Elena Pugacheva, PhD, breast cancer researcher at the WVU Cancer Institute, during their Pink Out game to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.