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Eileen Jefferson set up the George Jefferson Cancer Education Fund in 2002 in memory of her husband, George.

How else do you celebrate your 80th birthday but host a roaring 20s party for all your friends? Last October, Eileen Jefferson decided to mark her milestone birthday in style. In lieu of birthday gifts, she asked for folks to make a gift to her favorite charity, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and over $2,600 was contributed!

In 2001 after a courageous two year battle, Eileen lost her husband George to leukemia. During George’s illness, they personally experienced the dedication and compassionate care of the UNC oncology nurses. Eileen decided to create the George Jefferson Cancer Education Fund which supports educational opportunities for outpatient oncology nurses.

Since its creation in 2002, the George Jefferson Cancer Education Fund has grown to over $25,000 and has provided support for our outpatient oncology nurses to attend valuable national conferences.