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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering a continuing education course titled CDC Pink Book Training: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases on April 10-11, 2018, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia. The two-day program is geared to physicians, nurses, immunization providers, and program managers seeking the most current immunization knowledge base. Agenda topics include the principles of vaccination, general recommendations and best practice guidelines for immunization, vaccine safety, specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, and current issues related to immunization. Participants are required to obtain a copy of the most recent Pink Book. You can download and print one from the CDC website for free or purchase one from the Public Health Foundation website.
Amy Broadwater of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania is hoping to brighten the spirits of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this holiday season. A Stella & Dot independent stylist, Broadwater asked her customers and friends to purchase bags from her company’s business as part of a breast cancer awareness campaign. She ended up with 22 bags, which she stuffed with socks, candy and notebooks using her commission from the bag sales to pay for the items, then donated the bags to the Cancer Center to give to patients. “My hope is that the gift bags will help ease the burden that patients may be experiencing and help them realize that others are thinking about them,” Broadwater said.
The Harrison County Breast Cancer Awareness Committee held an elimination dinner recently at the Best Western in Bridgeport and unanimously decided to donate all of the money from the fundraiser – $5,000 – to the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) to offset the costs of Bus visits to Harrison County.