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.”
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.