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
WVCTSI will host the third installment of the seminar series highlighting team science. During “Team Science: Facilitating Collaboration and Research,” Darshana Shah, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of faculty affairs and professional development at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will instruct attendees how to conduct more effective collaborative research by examining barriers and challenges to successful collaboration, and ways to overcome them. The first two team science seminars presented by Shah can be viewed anytime on the WVCTSI YouTube channel.
WVCTSI will begin a new four-part Clinical and Translational Research Seminar Series focusing on clinical trials. During the first installment in this new series, Tanya Moran, MS, WVCTSI senior quality assurance and auditing manager, and Shelley Welch, RN, MSHS, CCRC, WVCTSI clinical research services manager, will present “Clinical Trial Data: Good Documentation Practices.”