On April 18, the WVU Cancer Institute received a generous donation of 120 chemo care kits dropped off by Robert Colabianchi and Keeley Humberson, founders of KBs Chemo Care Kits.
This non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh has assembled and donated more than 1,500 kits since its inception in March 2017. The organization collects monetary and material donations all year round and with the help of family and friends, assembles the kits twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the fall. The non-profit continues to grow, and its donation locations have expanded, recently to including the WVU Cancer Institute on the drop-off list.
Both Colabianchi and Humberson have had loved ones affected by a cancer diagnosis and created the non-profit as a way to let current patients know they are not alone in their fight. Colabianchi states, “We always say, cancer is just a diagnosis, not what defines a person’s life.”
If you feel inspired by this generosity and would like to make a gift to the WVU Cancer Institute to support patients, please contact Tiffany Samuels in our development and philanthropy office at 304-293-8604 or email@example.com.
Employees of WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute came together on Monday, May 20 to join organizations across the world in celebrating Clinical Trials Day on May 20. This day recognizes those who conduct clinical trials, raises awareness of clinical trials and clinical research, and is an opportunity to show gratitude for the work they do to improve public health.
What started with a small gift between friends has now evolved into the larger “gift of humanity.” Lemons of Love was started in 2014 after the founder, Jill Swanson Peltier, was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. Jill had received a small goodie bag from a friend with a few items that were meant to help her through her chemotherapy treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew that this was something that everyone starting their battle with cancer should receive. Jill envisioned being able to give others the same support that she received, in the form of a simple gift that makes a big impact.
WVU Cell & Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering Training Program (CBTP)