Rackets raised for cancer

A high school student organized Serve For the Cure tennis tournament to raise money for UNC Lineberger.

Charlotte Hunt and Dr. Ned Sharpless
Hunt presents the $5,000 proceeds from the tournament to Dr. Ned Sharpless, UNC Lineberger deputy director.

Charlotte Hunt, a high school student at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, organized her fourth Serve for the Cure tennis tournament earlier this year, raising $5,000 to benefit UNC Lineberger. Hunt has organized the tennis tournaments in the last several years to help build cancer awareness and education and to raise money for cancer research. To date, Hunt has raised over $20,000 for cancer research with these events.  

“I first organized this tournament in my hometown, Rocky Mount, N.C., in 2009,” said Hunt. “Many of my family members, including both of my parents, have battled cancer, and I saw Serve for the Cure as a way to contribute to the cause in the hope that families in the future will not be faced with the same predicament. I chose to make it a tennis tournament because I have played the sport all my life and wanted to combine two of the things I care most about into one event.”

This year’s honoree was Hunt’s friend, Holly Fryar, a sophomore at UNC currently undergoing treatment. This year’s tournament included 42 participants, and over 100 spectators, raising $5,000 for UNC Lineberger.