The Monongalia County Board of Education has made a donation to the WVU Cancer Institute to support clinical research.
Board members Dr. Clarence Harvey, Jr., Mike Kelly, Nancy Walker, Dr. Barbara Parsons, and Ron Lytle, along with superintendent Dr. Frank Devono and former board member Joe Statler, recently directed their gift to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund in memory of their friend and colleague Stephen Cook who passed away early this month.
Cook served on the board of education ten years, and served four years as executive board member to the West Virginia School Board Association and one year as president-elect. Additionally, Cook had ties to West Virginia University, including 23 years as a faculty member with the WVU Institute for Labor Studies and Research. He also enjoyed WVU basketball.
"The family is very proud of dad’s accomplishments and hard work,” members of Stephen Cook’s family, said. “We would like to thank everyone for their stories and memories of dad, and also for the thoughts and prayers for us in this difficult time."
Pictured (L-R): Members of Stephen Cook’s family Mike Radabaugh, Jaxon Radabaugh, Stephanie Radabaugh, Matt Cook, and Virginia Abbott, and Scarlett Schneider, PHD, senior director of development at the WVU Cancer Institute
W est Virginia University’s Cancer Institute is well-known for its treatment and innovation. Leading the institute is Dr. Richard Goldberg, who has not only established himself as a transformative leader but also a potent researcher and educator. A native of upstate New York, the renowned gastrointestinal cancer expert came to Morgantown about two years ago. Goldberg previously worked at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where he served as the Klotz Family Professor of Cancer Research, the physician‐in‐ chief of the James Cancer Hospital, the associate director of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center and the acting division director of the Division of Medical Oncology. Before that, he also worked at the University of North Carolina and the Mayo Clinic. Goldberg is one of many world-class physicians recruited by WVU Medicine during the past few years, whose research has resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, including those in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Clinical Oncology
The WVU Cancer Institute is among six organizations to receive an inaugural Medline Breast Cancer Awareness grant, which is awarded to organizations to further the mission to eradicate breast cancer and provide counseling. The grant drives awareness around prevention and early detection by providing support to organizations that provide direct patient care.
Researchers across campus are taking a One WVU approach to solving important problems and saving lives. At its core, an experimental therapeutics platform that integrates multiple disciplines from chemistry and biology to the health sciences and cancer institute.