Our Donors

Meet some of the generous donors who are helping UNC Lineberger advance our knowledge of what causes cancer, how to prevent it and how to best treat it.

Tom and Nancy Chewning

After Tom and Nancy daughter, Wilson, was diagnosed with breast cancer, they began to research the best treatment options for her. Their search led them to UNC and Dr. Lisa Carey. Now with Wilson cancer-free, the Chewnings are investing in the Dr. Lisa Carey Fund for Breast Cancer Innovations so that others, may too, benefit from cutting-edge research and treatment.

Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual, a leading national financial security company, supports pediatric cancer patients and their families at UNC Lineberger by funding The Northwestern Mutual Retreat for Families with Cancer. Read more.

Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill 

Ronnie and Cyndi McNeill of Wilmington are an important part of the history of UNC Lineberger. Serving on the Board of Visitors since 1996, they have been instrumental in efforts to increase public awareness and advance the mission of the cancer center. Read more.

Stan Greenspon and Maureen O’Keefe have a long history of helping others in need, particularly children. Among their many philanthropic efforts, Stan established a fund to help support young bone marrow transplant patients at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Now he and Maureen have established a similar fund at UNC Lineberger. Read more.

As a long time chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cancer patient, Marty Smith has every reason to be bullish on cancer. A seasoned game-changer in the world of internet marketing, Marty has a unique perspective on how technology can alter the landscape of scientific discoveries

In December 2006, Sarah Milam received the news that her father had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  In August of 2013, he walked Sarah down the aisle and danced with her at her wedding  cancer-free. Read more.

Jim and Kay Mann

Jim and Kay Mann

The pair established the James W. and Kay J. Mann Fund for Thoracic Oncology Research as a part of the UNC Lineberger Seed Grant Program, which invests in the advancement of innovative, early-stage ideas in cancer research.  Read more.

Jeffrey and Margaret Dean

Jeffrey and Margaret Dean

The Deans established a fund for triple negative breast cancer research in honor of Margaret's mother, Elizabeth Whittet O'Conor. Read more.

Alice Garrett

Alice Garrett

Dr. Alice Garrett lost her husband to esophageal cancer in 2008. She now honors his memory through advocacy efforts, including an annual memorial concert in his name. Read more.

John Isner

John Isner

The tennis star teamed up with fellow pro Andy Roddick to raise more than $75,000 for UNC Lineberger, where Isner’s mother, Karen, was treated. Read more.


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 Otto Woerner

 A Woerner family gift helps ease financial burden for families impacted by cancer. Read more.

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Bill and Debbie Pappas

The Pappas made a significant and meaningful gift that reflects their complementary perspectives. Read more.

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Brent and Dana Jones

Brent and Dana Jones live in California, but donate to UNC Lineberger because their daughter played for the UNC Women’s Soccer Team. Read more.

Margaret Watkins

Margaret Watkins

Margaret Watkins held a benefit concert in memory of her husband to support the UNC Lineberger Thoracic Oncology Program. Read more.

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Cecil and Linda Sewell

Cecil and Linda Sewell's gifts to the UNC Lineberger Seed Grant Program have propelled forward essential, early-stage cancer research. Read more.

Diane Belden

Diane Belden

Compelled by the exemplary care she received throughout her cancer journey, Diane and her husband made a donation in honor of the entire UNC Lineberger staff. Read more.

George Pink and Peggy Leatt

George Pink and Peggy Leatt made a donation in honor of two members of the UNC Lineberger team  after their daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Read more.

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Lanier Swann Hodgson

In support of Lanier’s triumph over cancer, her uncle and aunt established the Lanier Swann Hodgson Kidney Cancer Research Fund at UNC Lineberger. Read more.

The Bivens

Jim and Cathy Bivens

In gratitude for the care Cathy Bivens received at UNC, the Bivens established a generous Charitable Remainder Trust. Read more.

Wolfe Roth

Charlie Wolfe and Sandy Roth

For Charlie Wolfe and Sandy Roth of New York, choosing UNC Lineberger as beneficiary of their philanthropy was a logical choice. Read more.

The Throckmortons

The Throckmortons chose UNC Lineberger as the beneficiary for those who wanted to make gifts in honor of their daughter's memory. Read more.

 We want to hear why you give! Contact the UNC Lineberger Development and Communications Office at (919) 966-5905 to share your donor story.