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.
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.