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.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.
WVU Medicine and WVU Health Sciences faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the holidays Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Market@WVU, located on the ground floor of the WVU Health Sciences Center. (A separate event for night-shift employees is set for Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1-3 a.m. in the Ruby Cafeteria.)