The Morgantown community was out in force this Wednesday evening at various local restaurants to show support for Dine Out for Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day.
The purpose of BRA Day was to raise awareness of breast reconstruction options available to women following breast cancer surgery. The event was spearheaded by Cristiane Ueno, MD, of WVU Medicine’s Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery. WVU Medicine, in conjunction with the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce, encouraged local restaurants to participate in BRA Day by donating a percentage of their total receipts to help create a fund at WVU for patient education and assistance to uninsured and underinsured women seeking breast reconstruction. Eighty percent of the proceeds raised this week will stay in the WVU fund to benefit women in West Virginia, and 20 percent will be donated directly to The Plastic Surgery Foundation’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund. “We don’t know how much money we raised yet, but the turnout was great,” Dr. Ueno said.
Archie’s Lakehouse, which donated 50% of total sales, was packed; the WVU Medicine operating room staff was among the huge crowd at Applebee’s; and the WVU football team dined out at BW3.
“As Betty Puskar said recently, Morgantown is a very participative community, and it is great that we can engage the community to work together for such a great cause,” Ueno said.
Cancer Prevention and Control recognized National Volunteer Week with a "Thank-a-thon" on Monday, April 24. Staff worked together to contact 300 volunteers and partners from around the Mountain State to let them know how much their efforts are appreciated. CPC has a diverse array of partners that include service and social groups, health care providers, health clinics, non-profit organizations, media, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, and governmental agencies.
The WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is partnering with Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry in the Suncrest Town Centre to benefit patients at the Cancer Center. On Thursday, May 4, Jacqueline’s will host a Charmed by Charity event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and 15 percent of Alex and Ani jewelry sales will go to the Cancer Center’s Comfort Fund. Stop by and select a Mother’s Day gift or a graduation gift and support the Fund. Read how the Comfort Fund benefits patients
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