WVU Healthcare launches fundraiser to help cancer patients

Penny Wars campaign begins Jan. 4

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Healthcare will launch the third annual Penny Wars to benefit cancer patients on Jan. 4.  The goal of the campaign is to collect one million pennies in just eight weeks. 

All proceeds will go to the Comfort Fund at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The Fund provides short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at the Cancer Center clinic until they can be linked with appropriate community, state or national resources. 

Coin collection containers will be set up at area businesses, including: Black Bear Burritos, Boston Beanery and Cool Ridge. Collection containers will also be placed around WVU, including at the HSC cafeteria, the HSC WVU bookstore, the Starbucks counter at the WVU Bookstore, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center clinic and valet service and the Friends Gift Shop at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

The Boston Beanery restaurants in Evansdale and downtown are planning a viewing party for patrons to watch the WVU men’s basketball away game against the University of South Florida at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.  All proceeds from drink specials, a silent auction and games during commercial breaks will benefit the Penny Wars campaign. 

Texas Roadhouse will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 13. The buffet style meal will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. It will also feature guest servers and local celebrities signing autographs.

Local public schools also plan to support Penny Wars through their own fundraising efforts.

The WVU Mountaineer has recorded public service announcements for radio to encourage the community to support Penny Wars by donating to the collection containers.

The Penny Wars will continue through Feb. 27.  Last year, the campaign raised more than $12,000 to benefit cancer patients at WVU.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 12-17-09

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