In December 2006, Sarah Milam received the news that her father had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was a freshman at UNC, and she wrestled with anxiety throughout the next year, as her father’s treatments were unsuccessful. She worried that her father wouldn’t be around to celebrate her life’s milestones—especially her wedding.
In the spring of 2008, Sarah’s father received an allogenic stem cell transplant at UNC Lineberger. Last year marked his five year cancer-free anniversary. Since his successful transplant, Sarah’s father has had the joy of watching her graduate with her doctorate in Pharmacy from UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In August of 2013, he walked Sarah down the aisle and danced with her at her wedding.
To honor the physicians and staff who cared for her father, Sarah purchased a Commemorative Tile that is now a permanent part of the Outdoor Terrace at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In a letter accompanying her donation, Sarah expressed her gratitude for UNC Lineberger. “We don’t ever know what our future holds, but I want to thank all of the Bone Marrow Transplant staff for giving my father and our family another chance at life. You are all truly miracle workers.”
Visit www.unclineberger.org/tile or contact Kelly Mansfield at (919) 966-0442 to learn more about purchasing a Commemorative Tile in the N.C. Cancer Hospital.