Marshall axes medical school fundraiser amid virus outbreak

August 12, 2021 GMT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major fundraiser for Marshall University’s medical school has been canceled for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine on Thursday called off its largest annual scholarship fundraiser set for Aug. 28. The event typically draws about 500 people. Last year’s event also was canceled.

The outdoor event is hosted on a 10-acre farm in Proctorville, Ohio, and raises more than $100,000 annually for student scholarships.

Nearly 85% of the school’s 325 medical students rely on scholarships or loans to cover their medical school expenses, Marshall said in a statement.

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise throughout West Virginia, dean Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro said that as a medical school, “we must lead by example and model behaviors that prevent further community spread.”