05/01/2009

WVU School of Pharmacy variety show benefits Cancer Center Comfort Fund

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students from the WVU School of Pharmacy showcased their talents in a variety show in April, raising $1,226 for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund.

The Academy of Student Pharmacists organization put on the show, spearheaded by third-year pharmacy students John Crowley and Mark Medina. Performances included musical acts, comedy sketches and a poetry reading.

“We knew about the Comfort Fund through our clinical pharmacy professor, Dr. Betsy Elswick, who co-coordinates the Comfort Music Fest every summer with her husband, Dr. Daniel Elswick,” said Crowley. “As pharmacy students, we realize the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on patients and their families and that our chosen profession can help those who need treatment for this disease. It just made sense to us to donate the show’s proceeds to the Fund.”

The Comfort Fund was established to provide hematology/oncology patients with financial assistance, offering temporary, short-term help for immediate needs until patients can be linked with community, state or national resources. 

Patricia Policicchio, Cancer Center medical social worker; ASP organization president Lindsay Zatezalo; John Crowley; Jame Abraham, M.D., and Mark Medina.

"I commend and thank the students from the WVU School of Pharmacy for devoting their time and talent to support the Comfort Fund,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., chief of hematology/oncology and medical director of the Cancer Center.  “Their compassion and generosity will help ease the financial burden many patients face so they can concentrate on getting well."

For information about the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.
Wednesday, April 22

 


 

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For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy 304-293-7192
anewton@hsc.wvu.edu
an: 04-23-09

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