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Local pharmacy makes in-kind donation to WVU Cancer Institute

Rider Pharmacy, Inc. of Fairmont, West Virginia has made an in-kind donation to the Cancer Institute at West Virginia University benefiting the Betty Puskar Breast Care Enhancement Fund.

The donated items include mastectomy bras, mastectomy forms and drainage garments which will be given to patients recovering from surgery. The estimated fair market value of the gift is more than $17,000.

“The WVU Cancer Institute and Bonnie’s Bus do amazing things for these women,” said Jonathan Rider of Rider Pharmacy. “In my mind, it was the right thing to do and I wanted our donation to help local survivors. It was through my knowledge of Bonnie’s Bus that the decision was made.”

According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year, more than 1,400 West Virginia women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 288 women die of breast cancer.

As breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in West Virginia, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at the WVU Cancer Institute works to provide exceptional care to women of West Virginia and surrounding states.

“The gift from Rider Pharmacy provides us with wonderful access to supplies that may not be readily available to our patients,” said Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, M.D., associate chair of surgery for Cancer Services. “Having so many post-mastectomy bras and forms of different sizes allows us, as medical providers, to distribute those supplies to women who would otherwise potentially go without. Rider Pharmacy was very generous with their donation and it is very much appreciated by myself and the breast cancer program at WVU Medicine.”

To provide support and make a gift to the WVU Cancer Institute, contact Tiffany Walker-Samuels, major gifts director, WVU Cancer Institute, at 304-293-8604 or

This gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.

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