Thanks to the generosity of a former Newcomerstown resident and her business partner, cancer patients at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute have a new resource to aid in their care.
Earlier this year, Keeley Humberson, a graduate of Newcomerstown High School and the daughter of Dave and Lisa Mason of Newcomerstown, teamed with her business partner, Robert Colabianchi to donate 120 chemo care kits to the WVU Cancer Institute. Humberson and Colabianchi have founded KBs Chemo Care Kits.
According to information provided about the company, the non-profit organization, located in Pittsburgh has assembled and donated more than 1,500 kits since its inception in March 2017. "The organization collects monetary and material donations all year round and with the help of family and friends, assembles the kits twice a year, once in the spring and then again in the fall. The non-profit continues to grow, and its donation locations have expanded, recently to including the WVU Cancer Institute on the drop-off list," according to the information.
Officials of the WVU Cancer Institute noted that "Both Colabianchi and Humberson have had loved ones affected by a cancer diagnosis and created the non-profit as a way to let current patients know they are not alone in their fight. Colabianchi states, ‘We always say, cancer is just a diagnosis, not what defines a person’s life.’"