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Papa John’s donates $10K to cancer research at WVU Cancer Institute

Friday, February 24, 2017

Any way you slice it, $10,019 is a lot of dough. That’s how much money Papa John’s donated recently from its online pizza promotions to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at the WVU Cancer Institute. 

The pizza chain ran two online offers at Papa John’s restaurants statewide during last year’s WVU men’s basketball season – one for employees of WVU Medicine facilities across West Virginia and a second one for all of its customers. 

“We are always more than happy to show appreciation to our customers and support a worthy cause,” Bryan Shaffer, chief operating officer for PFC, Inc., said. “It’s important to us to be engaged in the community and to team up with folks like WVU Coach Bob Huggins to help those fighting cancer in our state.”

“I’m very grateful to Bryan and Papa John’s for their generous gift,” Huggins said.  “It will be put to good use at the Cancer Institute for research studies that will advance cancer care and help West Virginians.”

Coach Huggins established the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment in memory of his mother who passed away in 2003 following a long battle with colon cancer.  The Endowment Fund supports cancer clinical trials, targeting many types of the disease that are common among residents of the Mountain State, which has one of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation.

To read more about the cancer research studies offered through the WVU Clinical Trials Research Unit, see wvucancer.org/ctru.

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company. For 14 of the past 16 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl 50. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John's at www.papajohns.com. Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns.