Local fundraisers to help fight breast cancer and benefit cancer patients at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A group of Morgantown women in partnership with two West Virginia University student organizations is hosting fundraising events to help fight breast cancer and benefit cancer patients at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  

The first fundraiser is a Zumba event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Wiles Hill Senior Center/BOPARC community center gymnasium. Admission is $10. The second is the Kick it to Cancer 5K run/walk/family fun day on Sunday, Oct. 6 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 5K will start at 2 p.m. on the Decker’s Creek Rail Trail adjacent to the Marilla Center at Marilla Park. Registration is $25.

The group, led by WVU alumna Tina Bland, Ph.D., is part of a team called 2CEMGROW that will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, which will be held Oct. 18-20 in Atlanta, Ga. The walk is a 60-mile journey to end breast cancer and requires that each walker raise $2,300 to participate. Team members hope to raise enough money through their fundraisers to cover the cost of their Komen participation fees and to make a donation to the WVU Cancer Center Comfort Fund.  In 2011, Team 2CEMGROW gave the Comfort Fund more than $5,000 from its T-shirt fundraising campaign that year.

“With a team of seven on the roster this year, Team 2CEMGROW has not only committed to raising $16,100 for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but it has set a goal of exceeding that minimum amount with the surplus once again returning to WVU’s Cancer Center Comfort Fund. One member recently completed treatment for breast cancer and is looking forward to attending the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as a survivor,” Dr. Bland said. “We have worked diligently for the past eight months and have raised a little more than $10,000 to date, but we know that our goal is unattainable without the help of the community.”

In addition to the events and event-related apparel, team members are selling newly designed T-shirts, sponsored by the WVU Student Nurses’ Association, as part of their fundraiser. The team is also partnering again with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to design a sweatshirt that will appeal to students and non-students.   

“It will be hard to trump the original Mountaineer Ribbon design, but we have decided to change it up and offer a West Virginia Walk for a Cure T-shirt to reflect exactly what we are doing – walking for a cure,” Bland said. “Anything that our little group can do to raise funds that will educate women on the importance of breast cancer screening, the options available for treatment, fund vital research or provide comfort to those fighting the disease is worth every ounce of effort.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha will host a T-shirt sale to benefit Bland’s team from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 20 at the Mountainlair.

For information on the events or to purchase a T-shirt, please go to www.kickit2cancer.com or contact Bland at 304-276-7399.

For information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center see www.wvucancer.org


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
ss: 09-11-13

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