All Donor Profiles
The past year has been a very difficult one for Timothy Lai, a New York City public school teacher. His wife Esther, who fought terminal breast cancer for eight years, passed away exactly a week before Christmas. While deeply mourning his wife, Timothy struggled with how to cope with the loss himself and help his teenage Leif endure this trying life experience.
Cassie Adams has been involved in the fight against cancer for years.
Raleigh native Cyrus King ’47 first began supporting UNC Lineberger when his wife Carolyn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Grateful for the care Carolyn received at UNC throughout her seven-year battle with cancer, Cyrus and Carolyn made it a priority to give what they could to help others.
In 2008 new UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors members Brenda and Don Hiscott of Pinehurst, hosted a reception for UNC Lineberger featuring neurosurgeon Dr. Matt Ewend as one of the speakers. They had no way of knowing that nine months later, they would see Dr. Ewend again, this time in the OR at UNC where Brenda would undergo surgery for removal of a brain mass caused by a rare type of lymphoma called MALT (gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue).
When Herodes Guzman begins medical school at UNC this fall, he’ll already know a lot about UNC’s hospitals. The chemistry major has given his time as a volunteer throughout his undergraduate years and has given his senior gift to support pediatric oncology at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Wilson, NC, resident Donna Carr began making donations to UNC Lineberger in 2001 in honor of a friend and has continued her gifts ever since.
From Carolina Connections, Winter 2013 issue, Written by Hope Baptiste
Michael and Lauren Valentino of Wrightsville Beach never suspected that their perfectly healthy and energetic three-year-old son Vincent might be sick.
KIOTI Tractor donated all proceeds from a silent auction of the “DIGGIN’ PINK - DIGGIN’ FOR THE CURE” tractor to support breast cancer research at UNC Lineberger. Douglas Earwood, KIOTI director of sales and marketing, presented the $15,267.00 check to Jennifer Bowman, special events coordinator for UNC Lineberger.
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.
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.
John and Hilda Patterson have strong ties to UNC. John is an alumnus (Class of 1956), and Hilda is a retired nurse who worked at N.C. Memorial Hospital.
The week that Patrick Engel of Charlotte began his training for his first Ironman competition, his father, Daniel Engel, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Patrick says, “As the weeks went on, my training and his battle really became linked together in my mind. I knew I wanted to do something to tie the two together.”
A new grad remembers her father
Investing in progress
Compassion for patients and caregivers
Paying it forward
Honoring a legacy of helping others
UNC Lineberger speaks softly — but makes a big difference