MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Touch-A-Truck, an event that gave children of all ages a chance to explore emergency and service vehicles, raised more than $3,050 to benefit patients at the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

“Touch A Truck was an amazing success,” said Leah Darr, co-planner of Touch-A-Truck.  “It was a wonderful experience to be part of planning this event and to see so many local families and friends come out to support such a great cause.  We raised more money than we ever anticipated for a first-year event.”

Local businesses and service agencies donated their vehicles for the unique fundraiser at the WVU Coliseum on July 31.

“Everyone who participated is excited to make this an annual event and we are already in contact with new businesses and organizations interested in participating next year. We can’t thank those who participated enough for their enthusiasm and support and we look forward to next year!” said Darr, a regulatory manager in the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the WVU Cancer Center. She, along with Sheila Powell, Katie Martin, Peggy Runyon and Camilla Henry planned Touch-A-Truck.

All proceeds were donated to the WVU Cancer Center Comfort Fund that was established to provide temporary, short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at the Cancer Center until they can be linked with community, state or national resources.

Organizers plan to make Touch-A-Truck an annual event to support local charities.  For information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, see


Photo 1 caption (left to right): Leah Darr, Sheila Powell, Tammy Whitacre and Peggy Runyon.
Photo 2 caption (left to right): Eli Case tries out Healthnet helicopter at Touch-A-Truck.

For more information: Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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