Members of the girl’s volleyball team at Jefferson-Morgan High School in Jefferson, Pennsylvania, have joined the WVU Cancer Institute in the fight against breast cancer. The team recently hosted a Pink Out game, asked fans to make donations, and sold pink “Go-Fight-Cure” T-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness and support the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center. The fundraiser generated more than $500 for the Breast Care Center. “I’m very proud of the girls for all their hard work,” Stephanie Woodruff, Jefferson-Morgan volleyball coach, said. “Several of them are supporting a cause that is close to them.”
"I witnessed the impact of breast cancer firsthand because my grandmother had the disease and is now a survivor,” player Caitlyn Dugan said. Makenzie Wright said she was glad to be able to support a program that has helped her family.
During the Pink Out game players also honored four breast cancer survivors who were related to some of them. The players introduced the survivors and presented a flower to each one. “It was a very emotional night,” Jackie Haley, vice-president of the volleyball boosters at Jefferson-Morgan, said, adding that her sister is a 10 year survivor and received treatment at the Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Pictured (l-r): Stephanie Woodruff, Carrington Teasdale, Maddie VanDiviner, Brynn Boyd, Autumn Gustovich, Caitlyn Dugan, Makenzie Wright and Cimmie Shahan, MD, medical director of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center
The WVU Cancer Institute lung cancer support group team in conjunction with the Lung Cancer Alliance will host the first annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer in observance of lung cancer awareness month on November 28, 2017 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. This is an event for current and past patients and their families to provide education about lung cancer and new treatment updates, and will be an opportunity to honor those living with lung cancer and those we have lost to the disease. Several members of the lung cancer team will share recent clinical advances and memorable patient experiences. Please contact Adrienne Duckworth, NP, or Rachel Harper, MSW, or call 304-598-4500, if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. All Cancer Institute staff are welcome.
WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control has expanded its Bridge Program that focuses on lung cancer survivorship to United Hospital Center (UHC) in Bridgeport. The goal of the Cancer Institute and UHC’s Bridge Program is to improve the coordination of care and decrease the consequences of treatment for patients diagnosed with stage I, II, or III lung cancer after they complete treatment.
The fourth annual Pink Party to benefit the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) was a huge success. Nearly 200 attendees, wearing their favorite shades of pink, enjoyed a special evening at Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium on November 13 to support one of their favorite causes – Bonnie’s Bus. “Thank you for being so supportive,” Jo Statler told the crowd. “Because you are here, that tells me you have big hearts.” She and her husband Ben made a generous gift to the WVU Cancer Institute eight years ago to establish the mobile mammography program, named after Jo’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson.