MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Medicine Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center will recognize three trauma patients and representatives from each facet of their care during the Seventh Annual Night of Recognition, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place.

“We look forward to this celebration every year because it not only recognizes our patients and the insurmountable odds that they’ve overcome to survive and thrive, but it also recognizes the many people who participated in their care along the way,” Alison Wilson, M.D., director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, said. “There’s rarely a dry eye in the room by the time the program is over, and you can’t help but be inspired by the stories of our patients. It’s truly a remarkable event.”

At the event, each patient’s story will be told, and those who participated in their care will be presented with a Cornerstone of Recovery Award. Approximately 60 awards will be presented.

This year’s patient honorees are:

  • Randy Ash of Sistersville, who was injured in a hunting accident;
  • Luke Mertz of Kitzmiller, Md., who was injured in a dirt bike accident; and
  • Bill Ross of Waynesburg, Pa., who was injured in a motorcycle accident.

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  

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 J.W. 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 the WVU Medicine Marketing and Communications Office at 304-293-7087 in advance.

For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, Manager of Media Relations, 304-293-7087