West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU PARKERSBURG STUDENT GROUPS PLAN FESTIVAL OF HOPE NOV. 3
CONTACT: Nelson Ortiz, Criminal Justice Organization faculty adviser, 304-424-8253.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Student organizations at West Virginia University at Parkersburg are planning a Festival of Hope on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Various student organizations are involved to raise funds for “Wigs for Kids,” a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides wigs at no cost to children who have lost their hair.
Many of the 12,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year lose their hair as a result of medical treatments, noted Joseph Morgan, president of the college's Criminal Justice Organization. Others are diagnosed with alopecia areata, a hereditary condition that results in total hair loss. Other children lose their hair as a result of burns. Whatever the cause, the results are the same. Wigs for Kids was created to help these children feel like themselves again, Morgan said.
Events planned in the multi-purpose room include hair cutting and makeovers for volunteers; all-day raffle drawings; concessions, cake decorating contest and bake sale, and cancer awareness information booths. Morgan notes it takes 10-12 people donating at least 10 inches of hair to make one wig.
CJO, the Student Government and other student organizations will forward all profits from the event to Wigs for Kids.
Among those providing donations and/or volunteers for the event are the Family Christian Stores, Buttermore’s Jewelers, Cook Cutters, Fenton Art Glass, Frannie B’s/Artie’s Exxon, Jim and Fran Arthur, Lee’s Studios, Movie Gallery, Outback Steakhouse, Ren-Dor Lanes, Ryan’s and the Workingman’s Store.