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.
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W est Virginia University’s Cancer Institute is well-known for its treatment and innovation. Leading the institute is Dr. Richard Goldberg, who has not only established himself as a transformative leader but also a potent researcher and educator. A native of upstate New York, the renowned gastrointestinal cancer expert came to Morgantown about two years ago. Goldberg previously worked at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where he served as the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, the physician‐in‐ chief of the James Cancer Hospital, the associate director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center and the acting division director of the Division of Medical Oncology. Before that, he also worked at the University of North Carolina and the Mayo Clinic. Goldberg is one of many world-class physicians recruited by WVU Medicine during the past few years, whose research has resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, including those in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology
The WVU Cancer Institute is among six organizations to receive an inaugural Medline Breast Cancer Awareness grant, which is awarded to organizations to further the mission to eradicate breast cancer and provide counseling. The grant drives awareness around prevention and early detection by providing support to organizations that provide direct patient care.