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.
Many thanks to the WVU women’s soccer team and their fans who came out to watch the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 5-1 during the “pink” game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown on October 8. The game was an opportunity for both the team and fans to join the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to raise breast cancer awareness and support the fight against breast cancer. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, representatives of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus), and assistant women’s soccer coach Marisa Kanela were called to the field for halftime recognition and an announcement that the Mountaineers raised nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Institute’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the team’s annual spring fundraiser. Additionally, Mountaineer fans donated more than $1,300 in exchange for official pink Mountaineer T-shirts. Their donations will support the Breast Cancer Program Enhancement Fund at the Cancer Institute.
Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Master of Science in Health Sciences Program at West Virginia University, was surprised and delighted to see 65 of her colleagues at her recent presentation. Before the standing-room-only crowd, she discussed her latest research into how adipose-derived stem cells, which originate in fat, influence the activity of breast cancer cells.