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Morgantown teen will be ‘Bakin’ for Miracles’ to help WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Isabel Raese has done her best to help others in her community for as long as she can remember. At just two years old, Raese helped her family stuff Easter baskets for other children in need and has since organized countless successful fundraisers for various groups and causes. Next on the 13 year-old’s list: a bake sale to benefit West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. The flour will fly in the hours leading up to the WVU Healthcare Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, June 8 as Raese, several of her friends and a few volunteers cook up an impressive mix of home-baked goodness. No small-time effort, Raese and friends hope to bring in $5,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital. “I want to be known as the ‘kid that did,’” Raese said. And when Mon Valley’s Outstanding Teen is asked how she decides whom to help next, her answer is simple: “I want to help people that need it. Being an Outstanding Teen means helping in your community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.” The scholarship-based Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program is open to young ladies aged 13 to 17. As part of the Miss America Organization, participating teens are role models who exemplify outstanding scholastic achievement, healthy living and community service. As a regional Outstanding Teen, Raese will compete for the state title July 4-9 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. The Miss America Organization has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network to raise money and awareness of children’s hospitals throughout the nation. “Fundraising and helping others is what my family has always done,” said Raese. “My platform is KICS (pronounced ‘kicks’), which stands for Kids in Community Service.” A rising 8th grader at Morgantown’s South Middle School, Isabel hopes to inspire other children to take an active role in their communities. “They can start by doing something small, like helping a neighbor clean up their garage,” she said. “You can start small and work up to bigger things.” Fresh fruit will also be available for purchase at the bake sale, and Isabel is providing a Nintendo Wii game system for a raffle drawing. “Isabel is such an inspiring young lady,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “She wants to help sick children and give back to her community. We are so grateful to have her on our team.” Children’s Miracle Network is a group of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals that provide premium care, high-quality research and excellent community outreach programs to help millions of children with diseases or injuries. All funds collected for and by Children’s Miracle Network remain in the community where they were raised. WVU Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in West Virginia. The WVU Healthcare Farmer’s Market offers locally-grown produce, delicious prepared foods and handcrafted items from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through the summer. Organized by The Wellness Program of the Health Sciences Campus, the market is located outside between WVU's Ruby Memorial Hospital and the WVU Health Sciences building.   [...]

Cards of Hope to kick off 20th year with annual party

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Young cancer patients, their families and friends will be dreaming of a white Christmas and all things jolly holidays at the 20th Annual Cards of Hope Summer Party on June 5 at Valley Worlds of Fun in Fairmont. The festivities are set to kick off at 10 a.m. Cards of Hope are holiday greeting cards designed by current and former patients of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and their siblings. Every summer they come to the party to create a new assortment of designs that are later marketed and sold to benefit the hospital’s Cure Kids Cancer Fund, which ensures that patients and their families receive state-of-the-art medical care and psychological and social support. “The Cards of Hope Summer Party is an event we eagerly look forward to every year,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “It’s so nice to give these kids a chance to have fun and just be kids – not cancer patients, but kids.” A committee will meet to select nine of 10 designs drawn by the young artists that will be made into cards for the 2011 Cards of Hope collection. The 10th design is chosen by the artists themselves and is called the Kid’s Choice. The new collection will be produced as a pack of 20 greeting cards in an assorted or single design pack and will be available this fall.  The Cards of Hope project also includes a Cash Bash and Auction, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown. All the original card designs including those chosen as part of this year’s collection will be sold to the highest bidders. Kroger is the title sponsor for this year’s Cards of Hope collection. For information about Cards of Hope see http://cardsofhope.com or call 304-598-4346 ext. 2.   [...]

Healthy fun for mothers, daughters and friends

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mothers, daughters and gal pals from Preston County and surrounding areas will gather for a day of nurturing their minds, bodies and souls at the upcoming Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat, June 11 at Preston County 4-H Camp in Bruceton Mills. The National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at West Virginia University sponsors the day-long WOW retreats, which aim to educate and inspire women to take an active, empowered role in managing their health. Individual and group activities offer opportunities to both connect with other women and develop individualized wellness programs, and special sessions will be offered for adolescent girls and young women. WOW retreats teach participants how to develop and maintain healthy habits for improving their lifestyles through exercise, nutrition and chronic disease management. They will get the chance to try a number of new physical activities, take part in health screenings and enjoy therapeutic services, such as massage. Door prizes and giveaways add to the fun, and a light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. The cost is $50 per participant, and gift certificates and scholarships are available. Though spaces are limited, no woman will be turned away because of funding challenges. To register for WOW, go online to www.wowicandoit.com or call Janine Breyel at 304-293-7394.  The WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is one of 20 nationally designated Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health. This designation is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.   [...]

WVU to offer free sports physicals on June 4

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University physicians, staff and students will provide free sports physicals to junior high and high school students on June 4 at HealthWorks Rehab and Fitness and the WVU Sports Medicine Center on Maple Drive in Morgantown. The exams will start at 8 a.m. Mathew Lively, D.O., a WVU Healthcare physician who specializes in sports medicine and pediatrics, expects to provide 400 free physicals to area students at the event on Saturday. “It’s probably the most extensive sports physical that many of these athletes will ever have,” Dr. Lively, who’s also medical director for WVU athletics, said. “It includes an EKG (electrocardiogram), and as we’ve all heard, the incidence of sudden death from cardiac issues for athletes has been increasing in recent times. We can help screen people for risk factors with the EKG and perhaps prevent some cases of sudden death during sports participation." Lively said one of the reasons why an EKG is not a regular part of a sports physical is because it’s expensive.  The EKG screenings on Saturday will be read by cardiologists from WVU Children’s Hospital and the WVU Heart Institute. The physicals also offer orthopaedic exams, as well as flexibility and functional movement screens and treadmill gait evaluations.  For more information about the free sports physicals, and to make an appointment, call 304-599-2515.   [...]

Bonnie’s Bus offers mammograms June 2 in Princeton

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Mercer County, offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women. A service of WVU Healthcare, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Bluestone Health Center in Princeton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.  The mammograms are billed to insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program or through special grant funds. A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. For a Bonnie’s Bus appointment call the Bluestone Health Center at 304-431-5499 and ask for Debbie or Emily.   Last year, Bonnie’s Bus made 65 visits in 30 counties throughout West Virginia providing mammography screening to nearly 800 women.  About half of those screened were medically underserved and from challenged socio-economic backgrounds and qualified for screening through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. The goal for this year is to screen at least 1,200 women. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of women’s groups, clinicians, public health professionals and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.  Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated by WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Mrs. Statler's late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie. Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos.   [...]

WVU academics, athletics receive $5 million gift from Cline Family Foundation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s School of Medicine and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will both benefit from a $5 million gift from the Cline Family Foundation. Two million dollars will be used to create an endowed chair in orthopaedic surgery while $3 million is earmarked for the new basketball practice facility. The Cline Family Foundation was established by Christopher Cline, a southern West Virginia native and highly successful coal operator. “Chris Cline is a true West Virginian who has never forgotten his roots,” said WVU President Jim Clements. “His generosity to WVU will be felt for years to come, especially as we continue to pursue first-class national-caliber academic, healthcare and athletic facilities and programs. I join the WVU community in expressing deep appreciation for this wonderful gift.” The endowment creates the Christopher Cline Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and will qualify for matching funds from the state Research Trust Fund, making the total benefit to WVU $4 million. Mr. Cline decided to establish the endowed chair after developing a close relationship with Joseph Prudhomme, M.D., a faculty member in WVU’s Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Prudhomme will serve as the first chair holder under the new endowment. “Chris Cline’s gift will enable Dr. Prudhomme and the Department of Orthopaedics to develop and sustain a comprehensive program of biological, transitional, and clinical science in the discipline of orthopaedic surgery,” Chancellor for Health Sciences Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., said. “Gifts like these are transformational.” School of Medicine Dean Arthur Ross, M.D., thanked the Cline family for its generous gift and said he expects it to have a great impact on research productivity. “We are intent upon discovering knowledge which will help us to improve the health and wellness of West Virginians, many of whom suffer from musculoskeletal disease,” Dr. Ross said. The basketball practice facility, on the Evansdale campus adjacent to the Coliseum, is being paid for with private contributions. It will feature two separate gym areas for the men’s and women’s teams, a weight training center, meeting space for each program, an athletic training room and a basketball hall of traditions. The 64,000-square foot facility is expected to be completed later this year. “The Cline Family Foundation gift for our new basketball practice facility is helping us reach our vision of providing WVU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams with a first-class home on a daily basis,” said WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck. “Our goal is to win championships and this practice facility will help us take a giant step up in all facets of the college basketball world. We are very thankful for Chris Cline’s generous support through the Cline Family Foundation and their help in building champions at West Virginia University.” WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins added, “We’re elated with the Cline Family Foundation’s gift to the Mountaineer basketball practice facility. Chris Cline fully understands this building is a need, not a want, for the continued growth of WVU basketball. This facility will be the best in the country and would have never been possible without the Cline Family Foundation’s generous contribution.” Cline said, “I have been fortunate to have lived and employed people in West Virginia and I owe the state of West Virginia and its people much for my success. I wanted to give something back that will be beneficial to the people of the State.” Cline grew up in West Virginia as part of a coal mining family. In 1980, he went into business moving from mining small reserves in West Virginia to buying up and mining large coal reserves, mostly in southern Illinois. Today, he is the principal owner of Foresight Energy, LLC, a private mining company. While residing much of the year in Florida, Chris Cline also maintains a home in Beckley. WVU Foundation President and CEO Wayne King said, “The generosity of Chris Cline and the Cline Family Foundation is greatly appreciated. This gift, benefiting both academics and athletics, will have a lasting impact on students both in and out of the classroom for many years to come.” In 2008, the state created the Research Trust Fund with an initial appropriation of $50 million ($35 million for WVU, $15 million for Marshall) to leverage public and private investments that will transform West Virginia’s economy. WVU is able to tap into the fund to double private gifts that support expansions to research faculty and infrastructure in key areas linked to economic development, healthcare and job growth.  To date, private gifts and pledges approved for RTF match total more than $16.7 million. The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.   [...]

Diehm receives Don Marsh Scholarship

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Rebecca Diehm, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree at West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, is the 2011 recipient of the Don Marsh Scholarship in Healthcare Writing. The scholarship includes a nine-hour tuition waiver and a paid internship in the Planning, Marketing and Communications Office at WVU Health Sciences. Diehm is responsible for writing press releases about WVU health news and events. She will also help with media events at the Health Sciences Center and WVU Healthcare.  This May, Diehm received her B.S. in public relations from WVU. Currently, she is enrolled in graduate summer classes and starting her internship at the HSC. Outside of academics, she enjoys playing tennis and reading in her spare time.  The scholarship honors West Virginia journalist Don Marsh, who was employed at the Charleston Gazette for 40 years – first as a reporter, then as an editor and columnist. Marsh gained a national reputation for exposing arrogance, corruption and hypocrisy through his work as a journalist. He became editor of the Charleston Gazette in 1976 and won The American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary in 1987. After his retirement from the daily newspaper, Marsh was a commentator on the West Virginia MetroNews radio network until his death in 1999. Diehm is the daughter of Jim and Cathy Diehm of Lititz, Pa., and a 2007 graduate of Warwick High School.   [...]

West Virginia raises grade on dental care for children

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – “West Virginia has a new reason to smile.” That’s how Louise Veselicky, D.D.S., interim dean of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, reacted upon hearing the news that the state’s grade on dental care for children raised from an ‘F’ to a ‘C.’ Grades for all 50 states were reported by the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign. West Virginia was one of 22 states that received grades higher than their 2010 grades. Grades are based on states’ performance in meeting eight policy benchmarks for children’s dental health. To attain the ‘C’ grade, West Virginia met or exceeded four benchmarks: [...]

WVU Pharmacy students receive national and regional honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University School of Pharmacy students received two awards during the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash., in March. The students are members of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP). The students won a regional award for educating the community about diabetes through the 2010 Operation Diabetes campaign. The Region 2 award includes student chapters from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington D.C.  The students in the WVU School of Pharmacy chapter worked to achieve this award by performing blood glucose screenings, conducting health fairs for seniors and children and participating in a variety of health education events to inform the community about preventing or managing diabetes. The students also raised awareness about diabetes through participation in the West Virginia State Fair and holding activities to observe World Diabetes Day. The national award honored the chapter for advancing the profession of pharmacy and protecting the health of the public by participating in the Operation Diabetes, Heartburn Awareness Challenge, Operation Heart and Operation Immunization campaigns. The campaigns focused on managing or preventing diabetes, heartburn and heart disease and educating the community about the importance of vaccinations. The student chapter also received recognition for attracting 90 percent or greater of eligible members to join. Only eight chapters of the approximately 120 chapters at schools of pharmacy across the nation received this award for the 2010 school year.   [...]

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