The Seagroves Family

When a member of the Seagroves family faces a challenge, it’s a family affair. So, it comes as no surprise to anyone who knows these Chapel Hill natives that when Ted Seagroves was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2012, his family did what they always do – they rallied together, committed to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and the critical need for research support.

Seagroves FamilyTed’s son and daughter, Pete and Amy, worked with their spouses to plan a reception, golf and tennis tournament at the Chapel Hill Country Club to raise funds for vital pancreatic cancer research by Ted’s physician at UNC Lineberger, Dr. HJ Kim. 

Mary, Ted’s daughter-in-law and former UNC Lineberger Special Events Coordinator, provided family and friends with regular updates on Ted’s treatment regime through an online blog, weaving in humor with the more serious concerns of a family coping with a cancer diagnosis. 

Even Ted’s grandchildren got involved by selling bracelets for Ted’s supporters to wear.  Together, their efforts raised more than $63,000 for pancreatic cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

Ted’s dear friend and coach of the UNC men’s basketball team,Roy Williams, asked Ted to speak at his annual Fast Break Against Cancer breakfast at the Dean E. Smith Center on October 12.  That morning, more than 400 people listened to Ted speak about his diagnosis, treatment and the critical need for cancer research.

Immediately following Fast Break, the entire family went to the Chapel Hill Country Club, to cheer on more than 100 supporters as they played golf in honor of their friend, Ted.