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.
Dr. Martinez presents research at Gottingen University-Max Planck Institutes in Germany, collaborations with Cancer Institute to follow
WVU Cancer Institute’s Dr. Ivan Martinez and his lab will engage in collaborative research with their colleagues at The German Primate Center, part of the Gottingen University-Max Planck Institutes in Germany, later this year.
WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine faculty, staff and students are gearing up for the 2018 American Cancer Society Monongalia County Relay For Life in June. During a Relay rally this past Friday in the Cancer Center Atrium, Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, told rally participants that the Cancer Institute has had a great relationship with the American Cancer Society over the years. “The ACS has provided services to our patients and funding to support our cancer research,” Dr. Goldberg said. He urged rally participants to join him in walking around the track at the Relay on June 8-9 at Westwood Middle School in Morgantown and asked that they recruit others to participate. Mary Lough of the ACS presented Dr. Goldberg a crystal award for the Cancer Institute’s presenting sponsorship of last year’s Relay. Roger Williams and Lisa Keller of the inpatient pharmacy at Ruby Memorial received a ruby slippers award from Relay For Life Event Ambassador Dave Staten. Their Ruby Slippers team raised $5,000 for the 2017 Relay, the most raised by any Relay team in Monongalia County.