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The staff at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has worked diligently this holiday season to ensure patients, and their families, feel at-home while receiving treatment.

Join us as we look back at UNC Lineberger’s holiday season.

Tree of Hope at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital

In December, patients and their guests were invited to write meaningful messages to those who need a little extra inspiration during the holiday season.

The written notes were placed in ornaments and proudly displayed on the Tree of Hope in the lobby of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

Patients stomp around with Santa

Patients and their guests on the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s adult inpatient floor got into the holiday spirit and worked in some exercise with the inaugural 4Onc Santa Stomp. Patients, doctors, nurses and staff walked and rolled up to six laps around the unit, which was right at a mile.

Katie Kinsey, a recreational therapist on the floor, dressed in an inflatable Santa suit as she walked with patients.

Santa visits our youngest patients

Santa briefly stepped away from the North Pole to bring presents to some well-deserving patients in the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s pediatric hematology-oncology clinic.

There were many smiling faces as Santa listened intently to all of the gift requests.

UNC Lineberger staff decorate lab and office doors

The staff at UNC Lineberger took a quick break from their day-to-day tasks to show off their decorating skills in the holiday door decorating contest. An annual tradition at UNC Lineberger, the door decorating contest is a chance for many of our researchers and administrative staff to show off their creative sides.

The theme for 2019’s contest was “Let’s celebrate our heroes who wear lab coats.” Many labs participated in 2019 but only a select few took home bragging rights.

There were four winners, based on lab/office size:

  • 10 or less lab staff: Yarbrough Lab (12-032)
  • 11-19 lab staff: Dittmer Lab (12-038) and Damania Lab (32-026)
  • 20 or more: Lineberger Business Office (00-012)

Stuart Gold, MD, prepares a meal for patients

In an effort to bring some cheer to our pediatric patients who are spending the holidays in the hospital, as well as their families and caregivers, UNC Lineberger’s Stuart Gold, MD, continued his annual tradition of cooking a buffet meal. “People who are stuck at the hospital over the holidays deserve a little something extra,” Gold said.

UNC Lineberger hosts holiday party for staff

The UNC Lineberger holiday party provided faculty and staff and chance to step away from their labs and offices for some seasonal cheer and to reflect on a year of many achievements. Thanks to Elizabeth Alioto, Ashley Belcher, Mary Lou Coffman, Ning Fu, Brian Guthrie, Nick McBride, Jessica Platz and Kaitlyn Porter for decorating the Lineberger Building lobby and helping to organize the party.

Also, congratulations to Melissa Mack and Eden Gifford, our 2019 recipients of the 2019 ‘Top of the LINEberger’ award.

A look back at innovation and celebration at UNC Lineberger

What does a year look like for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center?

It’s daily discoveries and cutting-edge research that bring new cancer treatments to life. Together, it’s a year of providing spectacular patient care to North Carolinians. It’s the many inspiring stories of strength, compassion and hope. And in 2019, it was so much more.