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.
Bus Director Sara Jane Gainor expressed her appreciation to the sponsors, whose names were prominently displayed on the jumbotron between the ribbon boards that were aglow in pink and featured the WVU Cancer Institute logo. “Through your sponsorship, you have shown that you trust us and care about our program, and that makes us work harder,” Gainor said.
Mary Myers of Grafton gratefully shared her experience as a patient on Bonnie’s Bus. “My breast cancer was detected early because one snowy day in March 2006, Bonnie’s Bus visited Reedsville and I made a trip there to get my mammogram,” she said. Myers was diagnosed and treated at WVU.
“You are donating to a good cause,” Ben Statler told attendees as he held the microphone to auction off a wide variety of items donated by numerous businesses, organizations and departments within WVU. Celeste Clutter, founder of Project Pink, made a surprise $1,000 donation from a golf tournament her organization hosted in Clarksburg this June.
WVU Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, said he was pleased to see such a great turnout of women and men. The Pink Party was also an opportunity for him to share what he called “big plans” for the Cancer Institute, including 38 new positions for cancer doctors and the buildout of the upper two floors at the Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and eventually construction of a cancer hospital.
Cancer Institute Office of Philanthropy Senior Director of Development Scarlett Schneider, PhD, encouraged attendees to support upcoming Cancer Institute events in 2018, including the Bob Huggins Fish Fry on January 26, the 33rd Annual Spring Gala, April 27-29, and next year’s Pink Party on August 6.
W est Virginia University’s Cancer Institute is well-known for its treatment and innovation. Leading the institute is Dr. Richard Goldberg, who has not only established himself as a transformative leader but also a potent researcher and educator. A native of upstate New York, the renowned gastrointestinal cancer expert came to Morgantown about two years ago. Goldberg previously worked at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where he served as the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, the physician‐in‐ chief of the James Cancer Hospital, the associate director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center and the acting division director of the Division of Medical Oncology. Before that, he also worked at the University of North Carolina and the Mayo Clinic. Goldberg is one of many world-class physicians recruited by WVU Medicine during the past few years, whose research has resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, including those in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology
The WVU Cancer Institute is among six organizations to receive an inaugural Medline Breast Cancer Awareness grant, which is awarded to organizations to further the mission to eradicate breast cancer and provide counseling. The grant drives awareness around prevention and early detection by providing support to organizations that provide direct patient care.
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