Norma Mae Huggins Endowment Fund
Philanthropic support from committed friends like WVU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Huggins is playing a key role in advancing the fight against cancer. On May 24, 2003, Norma Mae Huggins, mother of Coach Huggins, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. In her memory, the coach established the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment at the WVU Cancer Institute. The Endowment Fund supports patient care and clinical cancer research that targets many types of the disease that are common among residents of the Mountain State. West Virginia has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation.
The WVU Cancer Institute understands that many cancers can be managed, and even cured if they are caught and treated as early as possible. Generous donors like Coach Bob Huggins and his family allow us to offer our patients and families from West Virginia and surrounding areas the same new treatment options found in larger cancer centers across the country. These donations directly help our patients receive the best possible patient care close to home.
The efforts of Coach Huggins and the commitments of hundreds of others continue to bolster his fund. As of early 2021, over $7 million has been raised for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment. All proceeds stay here, at home, to help West Virginians.