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Woody and Jean Durham were honored on October 13 in Chapel Hill for their volunteer service to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at a dinner called “A Toast to Woody.”


The dinner raised $25,000 for the N.C. Cancer Hospital Clinical Endowment Fund and in recognition of these gifts, a consultation room in the will be named in their honor in the Patient and Family Resource Center.

The Toast event recognized recently retired Hall of Fame broadcaster Woody Durham for his remarkable contributions to Carolina Athletics over a distinguished 40-year career.

The event included speakers Eric Montross, former UNC basketball star and now radio analyst; Rick Steinbacher, UNC- Chapel Hill associate athletic director; Dick Baddour, UNC Athletic Director; Mick Mixon, a former colleague of Durham’s and current play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Panthers; Phil Ford retired UNC and professional basketball player, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp; and UNC Lineberger director, Dr. Shelley Earp.

Woody Durham served as emcee for the UNC Lineberger signature event: Fast Break with Roy Williams, a yearly breakfast held on the floor of the Smith Center the morning of October 14. Durham’s skills as an auctioneer helped the event to raise $1.2 million over an eight-year period.

The Toast event also honored Jean Durham for her tireless leadership of the signature UNC Lineberger event, Tickled Pink, for many years. She organized a committed cadre of volunteers, leading the decorating of the event site, and producing very successful and fun events!

The Durhams were honored in 2010 by UNC Lineberger with the Outstanding Service Award, an annual award given to volunteers who provide dedicated service and outstanding leadership to UNC Lineberger.

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