Wesley Davis

New Bern High School senior Wesley Davis’ senior project had special meaning for him. Combining his love of golf and interest in melanoma, he organized a successful golf tournament in memory of his mother, Jan Davis, who died of the disease when Wesley was three months old.

Wesley Davis”I lost my mom to melanoma, and I don’t want anyone else to have to go through that. The tournament was a way to raise awareness about melanoma  and do what I can to help melanoma research.”

Wesley had set a goal of raising $2500, but with tremendous support  from the New Bern community, ended up raising over $6,000 for melanoma research at UNC Lineberger. “I did my research and learned that UNC Lineberger is one of the best cancer research centers in the nation. I’m really happy to donate this money to them. I was ecstatic to exceed my goal.”

Wesley approached New Bern businesses and citizens to ask for support for the event. “I had a lot of sponsorship help from businesses and from my mom’s high school class. Once her classmates got wind of the event, they really helped to get the word out. Dail Ballard was key to that effort.” Wesley was added to the class’ Facebook page. “It’s great because I can go through and read all the messages and memories of my mom. Hearing some of their stories helps me have a much clearer picture of my mom.”

Wesley practices safe sun exposure. “I’ve researched melanoma, and the precautions aren’t too strenuous—lots of sunscreen.” He also talks with his classmates about the dangers of tanning beds. “I hear some girls talking about going to the tanning beds and tell them that it’s just as bad as lying out in the sun. But teenagers will be teenagers, and I don’t think they’re going to listen just yet.“

His parents, Vern and Sandra Davis, gave Wesley a lot of help with the project. “They were invaluable. They made the goodie bags, forms and signs for the event and supported me every step of the way.”

Wesley is glad to have his senior project completed. He plans to major in history to become a history professor. He says, ”I’m glad my project was a success. Raising money for melanoma research at UNC is a great cause.”

Wesley Golf Tournament