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Bob Huggins Wants to Build Hospital for Cancer in Morgantown as Fish Fry Raises Roughly $2.5 Million



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The 10th edition of the Bob Huggins Fish Fry was another success on Friday night, as the event raised roughly $2.5 million for the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment, Remember the Miners and WVU Cancer Institute. Huggins’ goal was $2 million for the event and surpassed the mark.

For Huggins, the goal is to one day be able to build a cancer hospital in Morgantown.

“I sincerely believe that we can raise the money to build a cancer hospital,” Huggins said on Friday. “We’re going to and we need it in this state in the worst way. Just think instead of people going to the Cleveland Clinic, they could come to Morgantown.”

It’s more than basketball for the future hall of fame coach.

“If I can leave this state with anything in a positive way that will remain relevant to helping the people of West Virginia, I’d sure want to do that,” Huggins said.

Huggins was joined by Kansas head coach Bill Self and Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports. Portnoy donated $500,000 himself to raise the total to $2.5 million raised for the night.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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