Jake and Stephanie Parker
When Jake and Stephanie Parker were planning their wedding, they thought supporting a cause close to both of their hearts would be a meaningful way to mark the joyous occasion.
“We’ve been so blessed and we have so much,” said Stephanie. “Our wedding was about the people who love and support us, and we have many family members who have been impacted by cancer. We thought giving to UNC Lineberger would be a special way to celebrate.”
The couple decided to forego giving one another gifts and noted in the program that a donation was made to support the breast cancer program at UNC Lineberger in lieu of wedding favors.
Seven years later, Jake and Stephanie are celebrating another important milestone—the first birthday of their daughter Belle—and giving to UNC Lineberger has become an annual tradition. “When our first anniversary came around, we felt the same thing and made another gift to UNC Lineberger,” said Jake. “We’ve continued to do so each year, and it’s not something we’re going to stop any time soon.”
Both of Jake’s grandparents passed away from different types of cancer, and Stephanie’s grandmother and aunt are cancer survivors. Watching Stephanie’s aunt fight through seven occurrences of breast cancer has reinforced their commitment to stopping the disease. “With so many cancer battles close to home, we’ve seen firsthand what research can do,” said Stephanie.
Both strong proponents of supporting public universities, Jake and Stephanie feel confident their gifts to breast cancer research and care are making a difference. “We thought UNC Lineberger was a great place to invest,” said Jake. “We know our money is going to a place where it will be used well and efficiently.”