For Charlie Wolfe and Sandy Roth of New York, choosing UNC Lineberger as beneficiary of their philanthropy was a logical choice.
Charlie graduated from Carolina with a BA in 1965 and received his commission in the US Navy through the Naval ROTC program at UNC. After serving on active duty for four years, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in finance, remaining active there in the municipal bond business for the next thirty years.
Sandy, a breast cancer survivor, knew of Lineberger’s reputation as a rising star in the cancer research world. Although she received treatments elsewhere, Sandy felt a strong allegiance to Charlie’s alma mater and the cancer center.
Charlie and Sandy have several interests across the university and have provided generous annual support to the Ackland Art Museum, the Naval ROTC, College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Neurology for Parkinson’s disorders and the cancer center. A wonderful tradition they continue to honor is to support one another’s causes.
In 2005, Sandy made a generous bequest which she earmarked for breast cancer research at Lineberger. Together, Sandy and Charlie have also made planned gifts to their other UNC interests.
While the couple resides in Manhattan, university events and good friends often bring them back to campus for visits. On such trips they have been able to tour the N.C. Cancer Hospital and visit with faculty and staff to stay up to date on the latest in medical research.
Sandy and Charlie feel passionate about the leading-edge breast cancer research being done at Lineberger. “We are confident some of the most talented scientists in the country can be found there. The types of discoveries that are coming out of the center are incredibly exciting to us. We feel proud and privileged to support such promising work.”