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Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Hosts Survivors Dinner

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The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center along with WVU Hospitals held a survivors dinner for cancer patients at Lakeview Resort on Sunday.

These dinners were started back in 1992, and this year they received an incredible turn out with about 400 guests.

Erin Dunmire was diagnosed on Jan. 14, 2011 with Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is a very aggressive form of brain cancer.

Patients diagnosed with this form of cancer are usually given about a year to live, but Dunmire has been cancer free for more than two years. She said she leans on other survivors for support.

"I go over and talk with them just because there's hope. Even though a lot of research hasn't been done due to funding, and not a lot has changed in the standard of care, but still to know there is hope out there," said Dunmire.

Brain cancer is one of the last forms to receive funding. Dunmire's family started an organization where all proceeds go back to research as a hope to find a cure.

"Our foundation is called Let The Journey Begin. Any money raised goes to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center for adult brain cancer research, and also for comfort care for patients who are a little less fortunate monetarily than some of us are," said Erin's mother, Kate Dunmire.

This dinner was all about celebrating the lives of those who have survived and to encourage more research to be done to find a cure.

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