West Virginia Wesleyan’s Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams have made a big splash to benefit breast cancer research at the WVU Cancer Institute. The teams held a swim-a-thon this past October and members received donations based on how many laps they completed. They also sold breast cancer awareness bracelets. Head Swimming Coach April Gitzen said the teams did a remarkable job of raising $3,000 and she was so proud of them.
The inspiration behind the fundraiser was Tappan Squires, the mother of assistant swim coach Katie Squires. Tappan was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and is a patient at the WVU Cancer Institute. “I give a huge thank-you to the kids for their efforts,” she said. “I also believe we are so fortunate to have WVU and the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center to go to. I feel like I am getting the best care.”
Corey Johnstone of the men’s swim team said it “touched his heart” to participate in the fundraiser. Jordan Miller of the women’s swim team said she’s had family members suffer from breast cancer, so “giving back” meant a lot to her.
“Thanks so much for your generous donation,” Michael Ruppert, MD, PhD, Jo and Ben Statler Chair of Breast Cancer Research at WVU, told team members. “It boosts my morale to receive this kind of support to further the work we do in my lab. And, if any of you decide you want to pursue breast cancer research, please come see me at WVU.”
West Virginia University’s Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is an intense, three-year experience that prepares its graduates by developing their clinical expertise in cancer therapy, guides them in acquiring the knowledge of basic biology of neoplastic diseases and teaches them to solve problems through research in Hematology-Oncology. Trainees are introduced to Hematology/Oncology through clinical teaching on the wards and in clinics, as well as clinical and basic science lectures and conferences directed by faculty. Fellows also participate in clinical or laboratory research under faculty supervision.. Only a handful of students enter the program each year.
Vandalia-Con Steampunk Convention to benefit WV Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and Bonnie's Bus
On Friday, May 26 from 10 am until 7:30 pm, Vandalia-Con will hold a pink block party, which will include a regional Mountains of Hope West Virginia State Cancer Coalition meeting, a screening of the film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” with continuing education credit available, and two free classes. Vandalia-Con proper will begin with a concert on Friday night at 9 pm -Midnight. Concert tickets are $10.00, or free with purchase of a weekend or VIP Pass.
Mark your calendar for the 27th Annual Fall Cancer Conference, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, at West Virginia University's Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.