Flowers organized the Inaugural WVU Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, which was held Aug. 1 at Morgantown High School. He donated $6,100 to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund, which was established by Coach Bob Huggins in memory of his mother, who died from colon cancer.
“It feels good to give back to the community and help Coach Huggins’ cause,” Flowers said. “The coach has helped me out so much over the years through basketball and through life, and I wanted to find a way to pay him back.”
The Huggins Fund supports clinical trials at the WVU Cancer Center.
“This was very thoughtful of John and his basketball colleagues,” John Naim, Ph.D., director of the WVU Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Research Unit, said. “This gift will be used to support the infrastructure to run clinical trials that are critically important in the development of new cancer treatments.”
Photo caption: Former WVU Men’s Basketball player John Flowers presents John Naim, Ph.D., director of the WVU Cancer Center's Clinical Trials Research Unit, with a $6,100 check from the Inaugural WVU Men’s Alumni Basketball Game.
David McDonald, 55, of Morgantown, didn’t expect a cancer diagnosis when he brought up some symptoms he had been having during a doctor’s appointment for stomach pain. He mentioned to his doctor that he had been having some rectal bleeding, and his family doctor sent him for further tests to find the cause.
School of Public Health students are collecting items for an Infant/Toddler Supplies Drive through April 17 to benefit The Shack Neighborhood House.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the program which starts on Monday, April 15 and runs through Tuesday, July 23. “Last year we had over 4,700 people participate,” said Dave Harshbarger, wellness manager for WVU Medicine making Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days® the largest exercise program in the state.