Vote to help Huggins win $100,000
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thanks, Mountaineer fans, for helping WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins advance to Round 3 in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge! Next up is Round 4. Huggins is now among the 16 basketball coaches from across the country still in the competition and hoping to win the $100,000 grand prize for their charities. Huggins' prize money would benefit the WVU Cancer Institute.
The program, sponsored by luxury automobile manufacturer Infiniti in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the NCAA, and ESPN, benefits the coaches’ favorite charities.
Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes over a 10-week period that starts today (Jan. 4) and ends at 11:59 a.m. on March 13. Fans can register and vote online daily at espn.com/infiniti for their favorite coach.
“Mountaineer fans are the greatest,” Huggins said. “But I want them to realize that this event isn’t a popularity contest. When they vote for me, they’ll be voting to find new and better treatments for cancer and bringing hope to those afflicted with the disease.”
If Huggins wins the Challenge, the prize money will go to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund he established at the WVU Cancer Institute in memory of his mother, who died in 2003 following a long battle with colon cancer. In keeping with Coach Huggins’ wishes, this fund supports clinical research, specifically providing access to cancer clinical trials for all West Virginians at WVU Medicine affiliates.
Brian Boone, M.D., surgical oncologist in the WVU Medicine Department of Surgery and WVU Cancer Institute, performed the state’s first hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) infusion. This treatment delivers heated, sterilized chemotherapy to the abdomen as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, or peritoneum.
WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology has experienced remarkable growth over the last two years. By increasing its team of gynecologic oncologists and adding a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and genetic counselor, the department has expanded its capability to serve gynecologic cancer patients.
The annual Holiday Celebration for WVU Medicine and Health Sciences employees will kick off on Thurs., Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Market, located on the ground floor of the Health Sciences Center. The Market will close at 11:30 a.m. for the celebration.