06/17/2011

WVU pharmacy students showcase talents to bring comfort to cancer patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy showcased their creativity and raised $1,432 for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC) Comfort Fund.

The Kappa Psi and the Academy of Student Pharmacists student organizations hosted the Third Annual School of Pharmacy Variety Show, which included a dance routine and several musical numbers by bands, duets and solo vocalists.

“This is the third year that we have hosted the show, and the number of pharmacy students involved grows each year,” Justin Williams, Pharm.D., member of the WVU School of Pharmacy Class of 2011, said. “It’s really nice to see so many talented, caring students getting involved to help raise funds for a great cause.”

The MBRCC Comfort Fund was established to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at the Cancer Center until they can be linked with appropriate community, state or national resources.
 
Dr. Williams first became involved with the Variety Show as a third-year student when he coordinated the event in 2010. He coordinated this year’s event with the assistance of fellow student pharmacists Matthew Bailey, Leah Comis and Brian Dye.

“The School of Pharmacy Variety Show is a different way for pharmacy students to show our support for the Comfort Fund and all that is does to help patients and their loved ones,” Williams said. “I really enjoy this event because we can come together for a fun evening, raise awareness about the Comfort Fund and help raise funds for it as well.”

“We are appreciative of the hard work of the students from the School of Pharmacy in coordinating the show to benefit the Comfort Fund,” Daniel Elswick, M.D., psychiatrist and co-founder and chair of the Comfort Fund. “Every donation allows us to help provide peace of mind to patients and their loved ones.”

Photo caption:
Daniel Elswick, M.D., co-founder and chair of the Comfort Fund (left), accepts a donation from Justin Williams, Pharm.D. (center), and Variety Show co-coordinator Brian Dye.

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For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
anewton@hsc.wvu.edu
an: 06-13-11

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