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Dailey continues to support WVSOM​ encourages others to pay it forward

Every school has supporters who are always involved. They dedicate their time, share passionate ideas and provide financial support. Alumna Cathy Dailey, D.O., is one such supporter for WVSOM.

"I have been a strong supporter of the school because without the opportunity it gave me I would not be a physician today," the 1989 graduate said. Dailey practices pediatrics for the Coplin Health System in Parkersburg, W.Va. "After leaving the school to pursue my career as a pediatrician, I never lost sight of how I got there. I returned to the school to teach and practice for a short while and have never lost my love for the school."

Her four-year medical school experience and support she received from educators in achieving her personal goal to be a physician are reasons she in turn helps WVSOM fulfill its overall goals and mission.

"I believe in paying it forward," Dailey said. "Donating to our school just seems natural. I started a scholarship in memory of my brother, Randy Dailey, and then continued to participate in most of the campaign projects at the school. I believe it's important for our alumni to return to the school to witness its amazing transformation. Seeing the transformation to a first-class medical school has been an incredible journey … In order to continue this progress, I encourage all alumni, and particularly the Class of 1989, to donate in order to continue the progress that has been made and to keep our institution strong and competitive."

Dailey doesn't just give financially. She has committed a lot of time and energy to contribute to WVSOM's success by serving as a board member to the alumni association and currently to the foundation board.

Dailey is currently the secretary for the foundation board and serves as the Continuing Education Committee chair. She is also a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and most recently the Scholarship Committee. In her role on the board, she helps recruit donors and acts as a steward for the money that is managed.

But making financial contributions and volunteering her time to the foundation's board wasn't enough for Dailey. She always seems to take it one step further to spread the word about WVSOM. Several years ago, she hosted an event in Parkersburg along with WVSOM leaders to increase awareness and encourage community support of the school.

"My family and I hosted an event to engage and encourage our graduates to learn how the school has grown and what it has to offer," she said, adding that it was a great opportunity to offer information to alumni about how the school has evolved and how dedicated it is to educating physicians to practice in primary care.

"Medicine is changing at such a fast pace and the cost has increased as well," Dailey said. "It is difficult to continue to effectively produce new graduates who want to pursue primary care due to the amount of debt medical students incur. Whatever we can do to assist we must, and this begins with donating."

In addition to the scholarship given to a student annually in memory of her brother, Dailey has made financial contributions to WVSOM as a capital campaign donor by purchasing a room in the Clinical Evaluation Center, a sponsor for Grand Affair and as a supporter of student clubs with donations to the DOCARES mission trips. She has also supported the foundation's annual fund and the alumni association's various fundraisers, the Tower Campaign, White Coat Club and President's Challenge Campaign. Dailey's total giving to WVSOM places her on the Lifetime Donor list in the Founder's Club level.

Date Added: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018