Cancer support group at WVU forms relay team

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A support group offered by the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University is branching out into community projects aimed at fighting cancer. 

The Survivor’s Club, composed of cancer patients and friends or family members who care for them, has organized a team to participate in the 2009 Monongalia County American Cancer Society Relay for Life June 5 and 6 at Mylan Park in Morgantown.

Calling themselves Susan’s Army, in memory of an active member who passed away last year, the group is conducting a quilt raffle as a fundraiser for the Relay. 

Survivor’s Club members Brenda and Benny Bunner of Fairmont and Diane Craft of Bruceton Mills organized the team. Janet Bunner, Benny’s cousin, donated a quilt she made in memory of her nephew who died of brain cancer at a young age.  The quilt is called the Rainbow of Hope and features 16 colors that correspond to the colors assigned to various cancers.  “It’s a unique queen-size quilt designed to create hope that one day people won’t have to deal with the disease anymore,” Benny Bunner said. 

Photo caption: Back row is Carla Thorn, Irene McMillen, Lucy Varner, Diane Craft, Ada Velez, Elaine Andrews, Chris Mascioli, Suzanne Smock, Gail Woods and Nick Leach. Front row is Benny and Brenda Bunner and Janet Bunner.

Tickets for the quilt raffle cost $1 or six for $5.  They are available at the Cancer Center by contacting Patricia Policicchio at 304-598-4563 or Jennifer Craddock at 304-598-4564.  Or call the Bunners at 304-612-9705 or 612-8705.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the relay on June 6.

The Survivor’s Club, now in its fourth year, is a monthly support group for adults diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.  Members meet for dinner, then break into two groups – survivors and caregivers.  Meetings often feature a guest speaker and free neck and shoulder massages by a WVU Hospitals massage therapist.

For information on the Survivor’s Club and other support groups offered the Cancer Center see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/patientInfo/supportGroups.asp.






For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
SS: 05-27-09

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