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The Wig Salon at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) was recently gifted funds raised at a Spaghetti Dinner honoring the life of a local woman.

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A spaghetti dinner in memory of Carolyn C. Bundash provids funds for the MVH Wig Salon

On April 17, Hugo’s Restaurant in Centerville was filled with community members for the inaugural Carolyn G. Bundash Memorial Spaghetti Dinner. The event was hosted by Carolyn’s husband, Michael Bundash III, and daughters, Michelle Alton and Melissa Fitch.

Carolyn fought cancer for 24 years before she passed in April of 2017. Despite an active and fierce battle, her family remembers Carolyn playing games and doing crafts with them regardless of how her chemotherapy treatments made her feel. Her granddaughter, Sarah Fitch, noted that Carolyn attended most of the grandchildren’s activities and cheered as loudly as she could.

Like many patients, Carolyn, lost her hair during those treatments. When she was fitted for a new wig at MVH’s Wig Salon, her family remembers people telling her that the wig looked so good they couldn’t tell it wasn’t her real hair.

The event organizers chose The Wig Salon as the recipient of the funds raised from the dinner because of the care the staff provided to Carolyn and her family. They credited the new wig for giving her added strength to fight the battle of cancer. Carolyn always commented that she wanted to ensure others going through cancer would have the benefits of The Wig Salon. In addition to wigs, the Wig Salon also provides other comfort items such as, brushes, scarves, lotions and hats.
“Everyone involved in her care at MVH were so supportive, and attempted to not only treat the illness, but to heal and support the person and the family,” said Carolyn’s son, David Bundash.

Michael Bundash added, “My wife was an amazing, loving, person. She helped others even in the most difficult years in her life. Her love for her family, her faith and doing for others filled her smile every day. She rarely complained and was always grateful for the care she received throughout the years at MVH.”

Michael Bundash, along with his family, presented MVH with a check for $5,000 from the Spaghetti Dinner’s donations and proceeds. MVH will use the money to continue the work The Wig Salon does for the community.

In the photo at right:   Michael Bundash III (back left), is pictured with his daughter Michelle Alton (back right) and granddaughters Sarah Fitch (front left) and Traelynn Alton (front right) in front of the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH). The family donated $5,000 in proceeds from a Spaghetti Dinner in memory of the late Carolyn G. Bundash to The Wig Salon at MVH. Absent from photo: daughter Melissa Fitch.

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