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Mission of the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment

"Who says we can’t find a cure for cancer right here in West Virginia?” -Bob Huggins

On May 24, 2003, Norma Mae Huggins, mother of longtime college basketball coach Bob Huggins, passed away after a long battle with colon cancer. In her memory, Huggins established the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Endowment.


For the past two decades, the Endowment Fund supported patient care and clinical cancer research targeting 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. To date, the fund has raised approximately $20 million to advance West Virginia cancer care.

Funding from the Norma Mae Cancer Endowment advances the development of services, clinical and academic education, equipment and technology, and the deployment of advanced research and care.

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