Mascots celebrate National Twist Day to help fight childhood cancer

MORGANTOWN — What do Cooper the Black Bear, Monti Bear of WVU Medicine Friends, the Chick-fil-a cow and WVU cheerleaders have in common? They were all at WVU Medicine Children’s on Friday to twist away childhood cancer.

The event was put on by Mascots for a Cure, started in 2014.

Child life activities assistant Evy Wright said mascots spread joy and the kids love seeing them. She said the event let’s kids with cancer know they’re being thought about and that a cure is being worked on.

Christyona Rhodes, 13, said she likes when mascots visit because she loves having lots of visitors and likes having lots of fun while she’s at WVU Medicine.

The mascots were doing the twist to the song “The Twist” by Chubby Checker for 36 seconds to signify the 36 children a day that are diagnosed with cancer, Wright said.

Rhodes said that Friday was her first time doing the twist and that it was a great time.

She said it was really rough for some kids with conditions like her and events like Friday’s were good.

“It’s good to have fun,” she said.

Johanna Rubenstein, Chick-fil-a marketing director, said the opportunity to participate was great because her company cares about families and communities.

More than 250 mascots across the county took part in this year’s event.

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