Although Brent and Dana Jones reside in Danville CA, Chapel Hill is just as much “home,” partly because their daughter Courtney played for the UNC Women’s Soccer Team — two-time national champions. The team chose to support the Patient & Family Resource Center through an annual event that drew the Jones family closer to the Cancer Center.
After meeting with Dr. Don Rosenstein and team, Dana recalls: “Brent and I knew instantly this is what we wanted to get behind personally. For patients and caregivers to have access to this safe haven of emotional support, educational resources and assistance with financial hardship is so vital, but not a given in every cancer hospital. It signaled to us that UNC Lineberger is a cancer center with a heart that puts patients and families first. We wanted to be part of this incredibly caring place and have embraced it ever since.”
Cancer has impacted the Jones family in many ways. Dana’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and has served as a constant reminder of this disease. Dana’s father is battling recently diagnosed metastasized lung cancer and their sister-in-law was in recent weeks given the diagnosis of glioblastoma.
Soon after joining the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors Brent and Dana decided to make a generous gift to name the Chaplain’s office in the Cancer Center, knowing first hand that spiritual support is an important part of the healing process for cancer patients. They also made a gift toward the first annual Pediatric Retreat for Children with Cancer knowing that such a gift would make it possible for entire families to enjoy a weekend of fellowship and fun.
Brent, a former All-Pro San Francisco 49er and now a venture capital fund manager reflects: “Now that our daughter has graduated from UNC, we have a different, but equally compelling reason for returning to Chapel Hill — the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.”