02/19/2010

WVU School of Pharmacy variety show benefits Cancer Center Comfort Fund

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy showcased their musical talents on Jan. 22 and raised $1,059 for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Comfort Fund.

The Kappa Psi and the Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) organizations hosted the Second Annual School of Pharmacy Variety Show, spearheaded by third-year pharmacy student Justin Williams. Performances included several musical numbers by bands and solo vocalists.

“Last year, two pharmacy students put together the first variety show and it was a big success,” Williams said. “I asked for the opportunity to coordinate the event at the conclusion of the show last year. I hope that the money raised this year for the Comfort Fund helps someone in their fight against cancer.”

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.

“The Comfort Fund was chosen again this year because it is a unique way to help patients with cancer,” Williams said.  “As future pharmacists, we know we will be helping those who need treatment for this disease. While we may not be able to counsel them or help with their treatments now, we can make a difference by easing their financial worries by donating the show’s proceeds to the Fund.”

“I commend the School of Pharmacy students for their generosity and thoughtfulness,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., medical director of WVU’s Cancer Center. “They understand how important it is to help patients who are struggling financially while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I thank them for their commitment to easing that burden.”

For more information about the WVU School of Pharmacy, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop.

Photo identification:(l-r) ASP organization president Ying Chen, Justin Williams, Dr. Jame Abraham and Kappa Psi president Nicole Shumiloff

About the WVU School of Pharmacy
For almost 100 years, the WVU School of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmacy education, research and patient care. It is one of only 12 pharmacy schools in the United States affiliated with a comprehensive academic health center.

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