WHEELING - Shirley and George Weaver Jr. have always worked to set a good example for their four children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
For more than 30 years the Wheeling residents have directed their time, talent and treasure toward projects that benefit others including the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown. George is an investment adviser, serving as chairman of the board of Hazlett, Burt and Watson in Wheeling.
Shirley and longtime friend Joan Stamp of Wheeling were among the people who helped initiate the now well-established cancer facility in the 1980s.
Photo provided/George Jr. and Shirley Weaver of Wheeling have established a research fund to benefit the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown.
"I had cancer when I was in my 40s. I was fortunate at that time to be able to receive care at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center" in New York City, Shirley said. "I realized later that other people can't always do that."
So when a West Virginia University Hospitals' survey team tapped Shirley for her input on developing the cancer center in Morgantown, she did not hesitate to offer whatever assistance she could.
"I felt it was a good idea to have a premier cancer center in this state," Shirley said. "I offered to help and have been involved with the gala ever since."
Each year the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Gala is held at The Greenbrier resort as a major fundraising event. Shirley and Joan Stamp co-chaired the event in the past. The Weavers have missed only one gala over the past 27 years.
Shirley has served in various capacities for the center and is an emeritus member of the Visiting Committee.
Recently, the Weavers established the "Shirley M. Weaver Cancer Research Fund" at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, which is an unrestricted fund and is an ongoing vehicle for family and friends to contribute to cancer research.
"We wanted to give what we could and now some of our children are involved and we're happy about that," Shirley said.
Dr. Scot C. Remick, Laurence and Jean DeLynn chair of oncology, professor of medicine and director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, said the Weavers are passionate about the research being performed at the center and the level of patient care provided by the center's health care professionals.
"The Weavers are extraordinary, long time advocates and supporters of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and we thank them for all that they've done and continue to do. They've been there from day one, and are constantly pushing us to strive for excellence in research and patient care," Remick said. "Their recent establishment of the Shirley M. Weaver Cancer Research Fund at the Cancer Center has already and will continue to directly benefit our cancer center investigators and countless numbers of cancer patients for years to come."
The Weavers were honored at a dinner on April 10 prior to the cancer center's 29th annual Spring Gala held April 11-12 at The Greenbrier.
The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is named for Mary Katherine Babb, a native of Keyser, W.Va., who died from colon cancer. She was the wife of U.S. Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W.Va.
For information about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, see www.wvucancer.org.