Tricia Prestia

Tricia Prestia has three connections with UNC: she’s a graduate, a former nurse at UNC Hospitals, and a current cancer patient. Now she’s adding a fourth connection: fundraiser.

Prestia presents check
Tricia Prestia (ctr) presents check to Elizabeth Sherwood (left) and Dr. Don Rosenstein (rt) director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

An avid tennis player, she and another woman on her tennis team were diagnosed with leukemia.  The team organized a tennis event at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary called “Lickin’ Leukemia” and raised $7,000 for the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

The funds will be used to help leukemia patients and their families participate in activities such as going for a pizza or bowling or attending a ball game as a way for the family to enhance their bonds.

Elizabeth Sherwood, RN, MS, ANP-C, Coordinator for UNC Survivorship Programs, said, “How wonderful that Tricia wants to support patients and their families during this stressful time. We appreciate that the diagnosis of leukemia impacts the entire family so to be able to help families share activities and social time together is wonderful.”  Ms. Sherwood is also Coordinator for Oncology Integrative Medicine Programs with the CCSP.