Local fundraiser benefits cancer patients at WVU Cancer Institute
A fundraiser presented by Nexgen Industrial Services was held in downtown Morgantown on June 23rd. $17,630 was raised to benefit the Comfort Fund at the Cancer Institute.
The Comfort Fund provides temporary assistance to oncology patients for various areas of need associated with cancer treatment including medication costs, lodging, transportation, and other supportive and social services.
Bobbie Spear, a CTRU data manager, who originated the idea, formed a committee comprised of her colleagues to promote the event. “We interact with and care for patients who visit the Cancer Center and are aware of the various financial hardships many of them are facing, and we want to support them,” Spear said, noting that the fundraiser exceed the original $15,000 for the Comfort Fund.
What started with a small gift between friends has now evolved into the larger “gift of humanity.” Lemons of Love was started in 2014 after the founder, Jill Swanson Peltier, was diagnosed with Stage III Colon Cancer. Jill had received a small goodie bag from a friend with a few items that were meant to help her through her chemotherapy treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew that this was something that everyone starting their battle with cancer should receive. Jill envisioned being able to give others the same support that she received, in the form of a simple gift that makes a big impact.
WVU Cancer Institute patient and cancer survivor Erin Dunmire's journey gives hope and inspiration to others diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme.
After undergoing surgery in 2011 where Dr. Julian Bailes removed a lemon-sized tumor from her brain, Dunmire has now been cancer-free for over eight years.
On April 18, the WVU Cancer Institute received a generous donation of 120 chemo care kits dropped off by Robert Colabianchi and Keeley Humberson, founders of KBs Chemo Care Kits.