MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Over the last five years, the WVU Medicine Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center has recognized 13 patients, who, with the help of numerous individuals across the entire spectrum of their care, have gone on to become living miracles. On Thursday, Oct. 1, four more patients will join their ranks during the Sixth Annual Night of Recognition, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place.

The patients’ stories will be told, and representatives of each stage of their care will be presented with a Cornerstone of Recovery Award. Approximately 60 awards will be presented.

The patient honorees are:

  • Jack Marteney of Buckhannon, who was injured in a tractor accident;
  • Matt McKinney of West Union, who was injured while working on an oil well; and
  • Garrett Sanders and Matthew Sanders of Reedsville, who were injured in a car accident.

“Trauma victims become trauma success stories because of the dedication and hard work of countless individuals across the entire spectrum of their care – from the scene of the injury through inpatient hospital care to rehabilitation and recovery,” Alison Wilson, M.D., director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, said. “This event honors the patients, who have overcome insurmountable odds, and the people who helped get them there.”

Patients recognized at previous Night of Recognition celebrations will also be in attendance. Information on those patients and those honored for participating in their care can be found at http://home.hsc.wvu.edu/night-of-recognition/honorees .

Through sponsorship and ticket sales, proceeds from the Night of Recognition will provide crucial funds to the WVU School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery to help support the Trauma Center’s Injury Prevention Outreach Programs, which provide education to people of all ages.

The Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, located at WVU Medicine’s Ruby Memorial Hospital, was created in the 1980s with the assistance and support of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. It is named for Byrd’s grandson, who died as a result of an automobile crash. Each year, the Trauma Center treats more than 3,000 patients from all over West Virginia, as well as those from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Attention reporters and editors: If you plan on covering the Night of Recognition, please confirm your attendance with Angela Jones-Knopf at 304-293-1413 or knopfa@wvuhealthcare.com in advance.

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