When Ms. Puskar was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, West Virginia did not have the resources to aggressively combat this disease. She was forced to look out-of-state for treatment options. After beating cancer, she set her sights on creating a comprehensive breast care center for the women of West Virginia. In 1996, her vision became a reality when the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center opened its doors welcoming women from across the state. Today, the Breast Care Center provides the all-encompassing treatment and comprehensive expertise in the field of breast health she envisioned.
Along with her philanthropic role, Ms. Puskar speaks to the women of West Virginia about breast cancer and breast health. She has sponsored such beloved fundraisers as the Betty Puskar Futures LPGA Golf Tournament, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center WVU Women’s Soccer Invitational, and the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Fashion Show, which enjoyed a 15-year run.
Ms. Puskar’s efforts do not stop with the Breast Care Center, as she is also a strong supporter of the MBRCC, serving on the Visiting Committee. With her spirit and drive to improve the lives of West Virginia women, it is easy to see how she acquired the moniker “the First Lady of Morgantown.”