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Bob Huggins broadcasts particulars for 2024 barbeque

MORGANTOWN — The Bob Huggins Fish Fry has new companions, however the identical mission. 

The previous WVU males’s basketball coach went on WV MetroNews Hotline Tuesday to announce this yr’s barbeque will likely be Saturday, April 6 at Mylan Park.

The occasion, which raises cash for the Norma Mae Huggins Most cancers Endowment, had beforehand partnered with the WVU Most cancers Institute and the Keep in mind the Miners Flagship Students Program. Norma Mae, Huggins’ mom, handed away from colon most cancers in 2003.

“My mom died of most cancers and she or he was the very nearest and dearest factor to me and my brothers and sisters,” Huggins advised Dave Weekley on Hotline. “You go searching and also you see all of the folks that most cancers has destroyed their lives. It’s such a brutal illness and sadly there’s loads of it right here in our state. I assumed it was one thing that possibly I may do to assist.”

The occasion is now partnered with Charleston Space Medical Middle (CAMC) Well being System and Mon Well being System (Vandalia Well being). 

“We’re honored that Coach Huggins and his household are devoted to serving to assist most cancers applications, companies, and services proper right here in West Virginia by way of Vandalia Well being, CAMC Well being System, Mon Well being System, and Davis Well being System,” stated David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Well being System and govt vp of Vandalia Well being. “We now have the busiest, by quantity, most cancers middle within the state at CAMC in Charleston, and full complete most cancers care companies spanning throughout West Virginia and proper right here in Morgantown at Mon Well being Medical Middle, as he has recognized.”

This yr’s occasion will profit Keep in mind the Miners, the CAMC Norma Mae Huggins Most cancers Middle and Mon Well being Norma Mae Huggins Medical Park, per the endowment’s web site, www.normamaehugginscancerendowment.org.

“Southern West Virginia is an extended experience from Morgantown,” Huggins stated. “These folks getting within the automotive from southern West Virginia and making an attempt to make it to Morgantown to the most cancers analysis middle is sort of undoable, if not undoable. I stated to the folks I’m working with — Vandalia Well being and Mon Well being — we have to attempt to perform a little bit extra for folks alongside the way in which.”

“With the Huggins household and supporters’ assist, we are going to proceed to make a distinction within the lives of most cancers sufferers and their households proper right here, close-to-home with professional medical doctors, caregivers, services, and applications of nationwide recognition,” Goldberg stated.

That is the twelfth yr of the barbeque and it’s coming off of its most-successful yr. The 2023 barbeque drew a file crowd of an estimated 2,700 folks and reportedly raised $1.8 million.

“It’s been an enormous success financially,” Huggins stated. “We did loads of work with West Virginia Hospital initially and we’re doing loads of issues now with Mon Well being and making an attempt to achieve out so far as we will attain out within the state and assist as many individuals as we will presumably assist.”

This yr’s occasion is sponsored by Little Common Shops. Former Cincinnati Reds’ star Pete Rose will attend the occasion as a particular visitor.

Following Huggins’ resignation from WVU final summer season, he has spent this faculty basketball season, his first not as a head coach in over 40 years, co-hosting a podcast — Full Court docket Press — in addition to attending a number of WVU males’s basketball video games. He declined to say if he has curiosity in teaching once more in 2024-25.

“Proper now I’m simply involved concerning the barbeque,” Huggins stated. “I need to be sure this goes the way in which I need it to go.”

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