The annual Kick Cancer four by four event is made up of teams of 3 where the fourth player is a mountaineer player. To date, this project has raised over $160,000 for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and breast cancer research at the WVU Cancer Institute. This year's event raised its goal of $10,000. This event held on Sunday, March 8th had over 84 teams registered and over 300 students participating.
The annual event was made even bigger this year by the friendly challenge between the two Coach Browns on campus. WVU Women's Soccer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown challenged other campus coaches to help her make the event bigger and better this year. Some of the responses included a signed basketball from Coach Huggins and a bowtie from President Gee for the raffles. The most unique item came from WVU Football coach Neal Brown who offered up a "Bid to Beat Cancer Challenge" where people could outbid each other to have him coach their team. In a video talking about the challenge he quips that Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown -"isn't the only Brown that can coach soccer on this campus." One thing is for certain having other coaches from other teams help with the event made the day more special.
"Several of our staff and some of our alumni are in this battle right now. We chose breast cancer for this event but when these athletes step on the field they are there battling for people in their lives and it’s great to see the kids interact and get competitive for a good cause," noted Marisa Kanela, event organizer and Associate Head Coach of West Virginia University Women’s Soccer, "and it is competitive, but at the end of the day they all come together for a common cause."
Private giving at WVU health sciences demonstrates unwavering Mountaineer spirit, passion, loyalty, and a commitment to improving the lives of others and make this program possible. Join us in making a tremendous impact on tomorrow. You can give to the WVU Cancer Institute and help to continue to offer our patients and families from West Virginia and surrounding areas the same new treatment options found in larger cancer centers across the country. These donations directly help our patients receive the best possible patient care close to home. You can make an impact.
Abraham Kanate, MD, Medical Director for the Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Cellular Therapy Program and Associate Professor recently led the consensus guidelines from the American Society of Transplant and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT) on indications for transplant and cellular therapy.
Starting the week of March 30, virtual exercise classes, wellbeing and mindfulness programs will be available to WVU and WVU Medicine employees.