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.
Dr. Martinez presents research at Gottingen University-Max Planck Institutes in Germany, collaborations with Cancer Institute to follow
WVU Cancer Institute’s Dr. Ivan Martinez and his lab will engage in collaborative research with their colleagues at The German Primate Center, part of the Gottingen University-Max Planck Institutes in Germany, later this year.
WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine faculty, staff and students are gearing up for the 2018 American Cancer Society Monongalia County Relay For Life in June. During a Relay rally this past Friday in the Cancer Center Atrium, Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, told rally participants that the Cancer Institute has had a great relationship with the American Cancer Society over the years. “The ACS has provided services to our patients and funding to support our cancer research,” Dr. Goldberg said. He urged rally participants to join him in walking around the track at the Relay on June 8-9 at Westwood Middle School in Morgantown and asked that they recruit others to participate. Mary Lough of the ACS presented Dr. Goldberg a crystal award for the Cancer Institute’s presenting sponsorship of last year’s Relay. Roger Williams and Lisa Keller of the inpatient pharmacy at Ruby Memorial received a ruby slippers award from Relay For Life Event Ambassador Dave Staten. Their Ruby Slippers team raised $5,000 for the 2017 Relay, the most raised by any Relay team in Monongalia County.