Papa John’s donates $10K to cancer research at WVU Cancer Institute

Papa John’s donates $10K to cancer research at WVU Cancer Institute

Any way you slice it, $10,019 is a lot of dough. That’s how much money Papa John’s donated recently from its online pizza promotions to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at the WVU Cancer Institute. 

The pizza chain ran two online offers at Papa John’s restaurants statewide during last year’s WVU men’s basketball season – one for employees of WVU Medicine facilities across West Virginia and a second one for all of its customers. 

“We are always more than happy to show appreciation to our customers and support a worthy cause,” Bryan Shaffer, chief operating officer for PFC, Inc., said. “It’s important to us to be engaged in the community and to team up with folks like WVU Coach Bob Huggins to help those fighting cancer in our state.”

“I’m very grateful to Bryan and Papa John’s for their generous gift,” Huggins said.  “It will be put to good use at the Cancer Institute for research studies that will advance cancer care and help West Virginians.”

Coach Huggins established the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment in memory of his mother who passed away in 2003 following a long battle with colon cancer.  The Endowment Fund supports cancer clinical trials, targeting many types of the disease that are common among residents of the Mountain State, which has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation.

To read more about the cancer research studies offered through the WVU Clinical Trials Research Unit, see wvucancer.org/ctru.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company. For 14 of the past 16 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl 50. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns.

  • Cancer Institute holds retirement lunch for Sara Jane Gainor

    Cancer Institute holds retirement lunch for Sara Jane Gainor

    WVU Cancer Institute faculty and staff are singing the praises of Bonnie’s Bus Program Director Sara Jane Gainor as she leaves the mobile mammography program established nine years ago to begin a new chapter of her life. During a retirement lunch at the Cancer Institute this past Tuesday they shared the impact Gainor has had on them personally and on the program. “She grew this program from infancy, and it was a labor of love,” Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, said. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, said Gainor had made a “powerful difference,” adding that he is glad she is staying on to help bring a new Cancer Institute lung cancer screening bus program to fruition. Jim Keresztury, director of the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, said Gainor’s work with the Coalition impacted everyone across West Virginia. Laura Gibson, PhD, senior associate vice president for research and graduate education at HSC and deputy director of the Cancer Institute, said she always appreciated Gainor’s laugh as well as her dedication to the Bus Program. Stacy Tressler, program coordinator, thanked Gainor for being her mentor and boss. Gainor’s daughters Alexis McMillan and Rachael Crites congratulated her on her decades long career and said they were glad that their mom will be able to spend more time at home and with them and their families now.

    Read More

  • Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to host Relay For Life Kickoff Rally

    Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to host Relay For Life Kickoff Rally

    WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine will host a Relay For Life Kickoff Rally on February 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Atrium. The event is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about the American Cancer Society (ACS) Monongalia County Relay for Life in June and meet WVU Medicine Relay For Life ambassadors and ACS members while enjoying games and snacks. Rally participants will also be able to register their teams online and obtain fundraising information.

    Read More

  • 2017 Cancer Burden Report released

    WVU Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control, in collaboration with the West Virginia Cancer Registry, has released the 2017 Cancer Burden Report. The report provides updated statewide, age-adjusted incidence rates and counts for cancer diagnosed among West Virginia residents from 2010 to 2014.

    Read More