MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy showcased their musical talent and raised $1,011 for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC) Comfort Fund.
 
The WVU student chapters of Kappa Psi and the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) hosted the Fourth Annual School of Pharmacy Variety Show. Performances included duets and solo vocalists.
 
Second-year student pharmacist Brian Dye of Clarksburg, W.Va., became involved with the Variety Show as a first-year student when he helped coordinate the event in 2011.
 
“The Variety Show is an excellent program that the School has done for the past several years to benefit the Comfort Fund,” Dye said. “I was fortunate enough to work with the coordinator last year and was really inspired by his work to coordinate the event this year.”
 
The MBRCC Comfort Fund was established to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at the Cancer Center until they can be linked with appropriate community, state or national resources.
 
“Services provided at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center are not just for residents of Morgantown, some patients can drive here from up to four hours away,” Dye said. “With gas at times being up to $4.00 a gallon, not to mention other travel costs, this can put more stress on those who are coming here for treatment or bringing a loved one for their treatment. I’m happy that we raised money to help ease the burden for some patients, and it was an honor working with everyone on the show.”

“We truly appreciate the work of the students of the WVU School of Pharmacy,” Daniel Elswick, M.D., assistant professor in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and chair of the Comfort Fund, said. “They have done an outstanding job in coordinating the event and their efforts will help ease the financial burden of our patients and their loved ones.”


                                      

Photo caption:
(l-r)  Keri Morgan, president of Kappa Psi; Brian Dye; Daniel Elswick, M.D.; and Linley Mild, president of APhA-ASP.

For more information: Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192