The WVU wrestling team is raising breast cancer awareness and supporting research to fight the disease. During the annual Cradles for Cancer pink match on Feb. 11, the Mountaineers collaborated with WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute to offer fans the chance to own an official pink Mountaineer T-shirt in exchange for a $10 dollar minimum donation to the Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Program.
More than $700 was raised through the shirts, and an additional $1,000 donation to the program came from Monarch Youth Wrestling in Glen Dale, WV. In just one week, the young wrestlers and their parents raised the money by asking for donations from their friends and family members. Monarch Coach Joe Giovengo said he and his staff wanted to teach the kids about “giving back, caring for one another, and supporting a great cause that has affected so many people.” Giovengo, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and his family, including his mother, a two-time breast cancer survivor, were all honored during the pink wrestling match.
Cervical cancer can be insidious. Changes to the cervix are often detected with a pap smear, but for those with limited access to health care, cervical and vaginal cancers can go unnoticed for years—silently growing, spreading and invading other organs—and by the time they’re detected, they may be so advanced that the patient’s prognosis is poor and her treatment options few. Valerie Galvan Turner, a gynecologic oncologist at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, has opened a randomized clinical trial to assess whether a novel supplemental treatment can help chemotherapy and radiation fight these dangerous forms of cancer better.