The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 598 in Buckhannon is helping Bonnie’s Bus stay on the road. The service organization raised $800 for the WVU Cancer Institute mobile mammography program this fall through an event involving both male and female members of the lodge. “We held a wet He-shirt contest,” Yvette Squires, senior regent of the Buckhannon Women of the Moose Chapter 319, said. “The men, ranging in age from 22 to 80, wore white T-shirts and paraded in front of our ladies, who sprayed them down as they walked by. We had fun with it and were happy to raise money for a worthy cause. Breast cancer has touched the lives of our lodge members.” Members also sold breast cancer awareness bracelets and ribbons and put together a gift basket, which will be used at a future fundraiser to support the Bonnie’s Bus Program.
Several members of the WVU women’s basketball team made a surprise visit to the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this past week. It was an opportunity for them to talk with patients in the infusion center and present each with a silk rose. “We wanted to show our appreciation of what they are going through, and let them know that they aren’t alone,” said Lucky Rudd, a recent recruit to the Mountaineer team. “I hope our visit will brighten their day, if only temporarily,” said Chania Ray, #12 and a guard for the Mountaineers. Patients said it was very nice of the players to take time out to visit with them. Several patients, like Donald Bower, had their pictures taken with them. “I appreciate the rose, and plan to give it to my wife to enjoy as well,” Bower said.