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Neal Joins UNC Health Foundation as Chief of Staff

Posted 1 week ago

Madeline Neal joined the UNC Health Foundation as Chief of Staff, effective January 8, 2024. Madeline has more than 15 years of work experience at UNC, time that has been spent in service of advancing health in North Carolina through research … Read more

Teddy Bears Create Smiles at UNC Children’s

Posted 2 months ago

YOU DID SOMETHING AMAZING! Thanks to donors like YOU, 200 soft and cuddly teddy bears were recently given to medically challenged kids at UNC Children’s. Patients from preemies to teenagers received bears. Kids in the emergency department, hematology oncology clinic, … Read more

The Kats family led a 2023 Tar Heal Tuesday Challenge

Tar Heal Tuesday Challenge Honors a Family Member

Posted 2 months ago

Following the loss earlier this year of Connie Roads – mother-in-law and mother to Victor and Allison Kats, and grandmother to their four children – the Kats family decided to honor Connie’s life with a 2023 Tar Heal Tuesday Challenge … Read more

Celebrating the Power of Giving

Posted 3 months ago

By Tom Sowders, UNC Health Foundation At 2 p.m. on September 6, the lobby of the N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital buzzed with anticipation as folks gathered for a special event at the UNC Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic. Ian Davis, MD, PhD, … Read more

The Moffat boys

NICU Expansion Creates Lasting Memories For Families

Posted 7 months ago

By Mark Kimmel, UNC Health Foundation It’s well established that UNC Children’s has set a standard for world-class care for newborns and their families. Though the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides care for more than 900 infants each year, … Read more

Angier Set To Join UNC Health Foundation as CFO

Posted 9 months ago

Jon Angier has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer at the UNC Health Foundation, effective July 24, Foundation president Leslie H. Nelson-Bernier announced recently. Angier joins the Foundation after nearly 10 years as director of finance for UNC Faculty … Read more

Lee Fitch

Jersey Mike’s Raises Over $400K For Fitch Family Rehab Program

Posted 9 months ago

By Mark Kimmel, UNC Health Foundation Jersey Mike’s Subs raised a record-breaking $21 million by accepting donations nationwide during the company’s 13th Annual Month of Giving in March. Among the more than 200 local charities selected to receive critical funds … Read more

Scholarship Brunch Honors Donors and Celebrates Students

Posted 9 months ago

Scholarship donors, medical students and UNC School of Medicine leaders gathered recently during the Annual Spring Medical Alumni Weekend to celebrate the critical investment that scholarship donors are making in medical students – and the impact these students will have … Read more

The Ward family and the toy donations for UNC Children's

Toy Drive Supports UNC Children’s

Posted 10 months ago

By Mark Kimmel, UNC Health Foundation March is National Kidney Disease Awareness Month, but for the Ward family of Holly Springs, kidney disease has been an all-consuming circumstance for the past two years. In 2021, the youngest of their three … Read more

Chris Hall with his mother, Lynn

Mom’s Memory Inspires New Parenting Clinic

Posted 11 months ago

By Mary Erskine Chris Hall, 22, a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, has taken a low point in his life and turned it into something positive, all in memory of his mother, Lynn, who died of triple negative breast cancer in … Read more

Leon Adelman and the staff of Ivy Clinicians

Building a Better Physician Marketplace

Posted 11 months ago

In his first emergency medicine attending position, Leon Adelman, MD ‘08, developed an interest in managing systems of care delivery, in addition to caring for individual patients. “I really enjoyed designing processes to make sure that all patients coming through … Read more

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Teddy Bears Bring Smiles To UNC Children’s Patients

Posted 12 months ago

UNC Children’s physician-in-chief Stephanie Duggins Davis, MD, along with members of the UNC Children’s development team and Child Life, distributed teddy bears to patients at the N.C. Children’s Hospital in December. “A hospital bed is never where a child wants … Read more

Janora McDuffie ’99, Master of Ceremonies, and Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz celebrate the historic Campaign for Carolina with Rameses and RJ.

Campaign for Carolina Update

Posted 1 year ago

As December winds down, the historic and record-breaking Campaign for Carolina might be expected to coast to a close. Instead, our amazing donors continue to give in diverse and impactful ways, making the year’s end a final sprint for the … Read more

Jennifer Kroll lifting at home

Lifting Up Cancer Patients

Posted 1 year ago

Since receiving a stage IV cancer diagnosis in 2019, it’s an understatement to say that Jennifer Kroll has experienced ups and downs. But through every aspect of her journey one idea was constant: Jennifer wanted to lift. As an avid … Read more

UNC Health Foundation staff members at the 2022 Second Sky music festival

Raising Money For Malawi Through Music

Posted 1 year ago

Family of former cancer patient continues to raise funds at Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Festival to help families of pediatric cancer patients at UNC Project-Malawi California’s Bay Area boasts one of the more vibrant music scenes in our country. … Read more

Photo of the Chaudhry and Patel families at the AOA annual gala.

Neuromuscular Fund Honors a Legacy of Care

Posted 1 year ago

For Deven Patel and Vinay Chaudhry, MD, what began as a professional relationship built around a shared background as well as shared values has blossomed into a friendship that helped motivate a generous show of support for the UNC Department … Read more

Ribbon cutting with Richard Montana at Reeling for Research Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic

UNC Children’s Honors Longtime Pediatric Cancer Supporters

Posted 1 year ago

UNC Children’s recently held a dedication for the Reelin’ for Research Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic. Established in 2009 in memory of Tony Montana, Reelin’ for Research has raised millions for pediatric cancer research at UNC. The group presented a check … Read more

Golfing For The Gals Returns Sept. 19

Posted 1 year ago

Third-annual event raises funds and support for women’s cancer experts at UNC Lineberger. Lisa Milligan once dreamed of becoming a professional golfer. While she never reached the highest levels of the sport, her love and passion for golf has never … Read more

White hearts hung a line with clothespins

Perinatal Loss Training for Healthcare Providers

Posted 1 year ago

In the fall of 2021, following the loss of his partner of nearly five decades, Bob Miesionczek decided to make a gift to honor his wife Kathleen’s life and generous spirit. His initial idea of a flower garden at UNC … Read more

Kenan Urban Primary Care Scholars at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm

Inspiring Med Students for Urban Primary Care

Posted 1 year ago

UNC School of Medicine’s Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars program aims to bring more primary care physicians to rural and urban areas in North Carolina by exposing medical students to what primary care looks like in underserved communities and inspiring … Read more

Wide image of the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill

UNC Health Foundation Raises Record $229M in FY22

Posted 2 years ago

Despite the ongoing challenges facing all aspects of healthcare in North Carolina and around the world, donors, friends and alumni have continued to support the mission of UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine with overwhelming enthusiasm. For the … Read more

Kenan Medical Scholars posing for a picture in Reidsville NC

Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars – Training Across NC

Posted 2 years ago

Now entering its 11th year, the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars program gives medical students diverse training experiences in rural and urban areas of the state. With primary care shortages in all rural North Carolina counties, the program’s goal is … Read more

UNC Rex Mobile Mammography Unit

Rex Open Raises Nearly $400k for Mobile Mammography Unit

Posted 2 years ago

by Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Since it was established in 1994, the Rex Hospital Open has been a highlight of the Triangle sports calendar and a consistent source of financial support for the patients, programs and services at UNC … Read more

Dr. Georgette Dent at UNC School of Medicine's 2022 Hooding Ceremony

24 Years of Accelerating Change

Posted 2 years ago

At the end of June, Georgette Dent, MD, will retire as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the UNC School of Medicine. In her 24 years in this role, Dr. Dent has mentored and inspired countless medical students. Her enthusiasm … Read more

Tom and Nancy Chewning

Venturing into Solid Tumors with CAR-T

Posted 2 years ago

Tom and Nancy Chewning have experienced cancer on a personal level, helping their daughter through a bout with breast cancer, as well as other family members and friends that have had the disease. They relied on UNC Lineberger for their … Read more

Sharpless-Bonanno: three generations of UNC MDs and Ramses

Three Generations in One Medical Family

Posted 2 years ago

UNC roots run deep in many families, but one UNC School of Medicine family has a unique connection to the institution, boasting three generations of physicians – all women – who received their medical education at UNC. Marianne Bonanno, MD … Read more

UNC Health and FoodWell bags for patient assistance with food needs

FoodWell: Caring for the Whole Patient

Posted 2 years ago

For Tracy Carroll, MSN, RN, and nursing director at UNC Hospitals, caring for patients across the continuum of care is a hallmark of Carolina Care. Caring holistically for patients means understanding what each individual really needs to become healthy. For … Read more

Mella Pool

Transplant Patient Honors Care Team With New Fund

Posted 2 years ago

Fast. Stunning. Amazing. A miracle. Those are just a few of the words Mella Pool uses to describe her experience in 2020, when a genetic condition led to the sudden need for a liver transplant. After feeling sick and visiting … Read more

Kenan Scholars with Mr. Tom Kenan at a reception on April 26, 2022

Kenan Primary Care Scholars Program Celebrates Ten Years

Posted 2 years ago

The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars program honored its current students and celebrated 10 years of serving rural and urban communities across North Carolina with a reception Tuesday evening at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Cristy Page, MD, … Read more

SOM Students Celebrate Match Day 2022

Posted 2 years ago

For four years, students at the UNC School of Medicine have worked toward Match Day — the day they learn where they will work as resident physicians for the next several years, honing their specialized medical skills. On March 18, … Read more

MAHEC Campus in Asheville NC

A Legacy for Healthcare in Western NC

Posted 2 years ago

With a successful medical career in the North Carolina mountains behind him, Frank Moretz, MD ’75, isn’t resting on his laurels. His legacy gift aims to build the medical pipeline and close the care gap in western North Carolina (WNC). … Read more

Kathy Swendiman

Kathy’s Korner Keeps Children and Teens Reading While Hospitalized

Posted 2 years ago

Kathleen “Kathy” Swendiman’s career spanned 40 years in the world’s largest library, the Library of Congress. Now, the library at N.C. Children’s Hospital will forever reflect her love of books and learning through the Kathy’s Korner Library Endowment. Alan Swendiman’s … Read more

2020-21 Annual Report

UNC Health Foundation 2020-21 Annual Report

Posted 2 years ago

Our commitment to a mission of service here in North Carolina and around the world is only sustainable thanks to your enthusiastic partnership and ongoing support. Enjoy these stories of impact from a record-setting year. Download a PDF version of … Read more

Tylor Morris shows off his signed t-shirt.

Raising Money for Families in Tough Times

Posted 2 years ago

Crowdfunding uses the power of social networking and the internet to impact causes that people care about. For the UNC wrestling team, helping patients and families who get treatment at UNC Children’s is a cause they care about, with crowdfunding … Read more

Targeted Therapies for a Silent Struggle

Posted 3 years ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation Research evolves quickly and does not always follow a grand plan. For Aadra Bhatt, this flexibility led to finding her career passion. An assistant professor in UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and … Read more

Celebrating by Giving Back: Beth’s Crowdfunding Story

Posted 3 years ago

Six years ago, Beth Silverstein took charge of her destiny. After consulting with an interdisciplinary team from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Charlotte resident decided to have a bilateral mastectomy on Feb. 3, 2015, and a Salpingo-oophorectomy to remove … Read more

Supporting Residents in the Clinic and Beyond

Posted 3 years ago

For Debra Bynum, MD, her position as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UNC School of Medicine is deeply personal. Originally hailing from Jacksonville, North Carolina, and being the first in her family to finish high school, lifelong … Read more

UNC School of Medicine students volunteer at the Friday Center vaccine clinic.

Students, Faculty Connecting Through A Pandemic Year

Posted 3 years ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Celia Mizelle has never experienced “normal” medical school. The first-year Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Scholarship recipient from Chapel Hill came to the UNC School of Medicine last fall after spending a year working and … Read more

PM&R Bringing Collaborative Care To COVID-19 Recovery Clinic

Posted 3 years ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, as increasing numbers of patients dealing with acute infections were being treated across the UNC Health system, doctors in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine and … Read more

McAllister Heart Institute Pivots to COVID-19

Posted 3 years ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC Health and the UNC School of Medicine’s top physicians and researchers have worked tirelessly to find answers, notably through vaccine research and therapeutic development. While these discoveries have brought … Read more

UNC School of Medicine To Launch MED EXCEL Program

Posted 3 years ago

By Claudis Polk, O’Rese Knight, Neva Howard and Beat Steiner We want to share with you an exciting and powerful innovation aimed at narrowing persistent and severe health disparities in our state and in our country. In 1969, students started … Read more

Q & A: COVID-19 Vaccine Research at UNC Health

Posted 3 years ago

Blossom Damania, PhD, is Vice Dean for Research in the UNC School of Medicine and the Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.   How did the Moderna trials come to be at UNC Health? UNC School … Read more

Tar Heal Tuesday 2020

Posted 3 years ago

Grateful is an understatement for how we feel after the generosity we witnessed on Tar Heal Tuesday. We called you to come together and you did, raising over $200,000 for initiatives across UNC Health! From COVID-19 relief to cancer care and … Read more

Stephen Tilley, Kristie McNeill and Mary Clark

A Patient Advocate: Adult Asthma Care

Posted 3 years ago

By Bobby Hundley, UNC Health Foundation In the midst of a public health crisis centered around a virus that attacks the lungs, asthma continues to be of great concern to Stephen Tilley, MD, and his team. A life-long Tar Heel … Read more

Serving the Human First

Posted 3 years ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation “Healing doesn’t start with your hands in the clinic or your head in the classroom – it starts with your heart in the community.” Claudis Polk, Director of Scholastic Enrichment and Equity at UNC … Read more

UNC Football Ladies Clinic a Virtual Touchdown

Posted 3 years ago

UNC football head coach Mack Brown and his wife Sally hosted the 2020 Ladies Virtual Football Clinic online this August, raising more than $12,000 for the “Say Yes” fund, benefitting the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.   Coach Brown spoke about … Read more

UNC Children’s Hospital School Reaches Fundraising Goal

Posted 3 years ago

The UNC Children’s fundraising campaign for the UNC Hospital School’s reached its goal of raising more than $25,000 to purchase iPads and school project kits, which have become essential in continuing the school’s mission of educating patients during the pandemic. … Read more

First Look: Game Changers

Posted 3 years ago

Game Changers is back and better than ever! Game Changers is a virtual series of conversations with the expert physicians, researchers and faculty who make UNC Health a global leader in the fight to keep us all healthy and safe. … Read more

Q & A With Crystal Cené

Posted 3 years ago

UNC Health has promoted Crystal Wiley Cené, MD, MPH, FAHA, into a new role as System Executive Director for Health Equity. With funding from UNC Health Foundation, Dr. Cené will lead a multidisciplinary and collaborative effort to address the structures, … Read more

Uncovering a Hidden Allergy

Posted 4 years ago

By Katie Nash, UNC Health Foundation For millions across the nation, summer means sunshine, cookouts and outdoor activities (from a safe distance, of course). However, increased time spent outdoors means potential exposure to bites from harmful insects such as ticks. … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – March 2020

Posted 4 years ago

  UNC Medicine eNews powering health care philanthropy UNC Health Foundation Newsletter | MARCH 2020 A Community Effort: Bringing Maternity Care Back to Chatham County Maternity care units in rural hospitals are closing at unprecedented rates, placing thousands of mothers … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – February 2020

Posted 4 years ago

  UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | February 2020 UNC Medicine Annual Report Fiscal year 2019 was a record-shattering year for UNC Medicine thanks to supporters like you. Check out our annual report to learn more … Read more

“What a Real Doctor Should Be”

Posted 4 years ago

An accomplished physician himself, UNC School of Medicine alumnus Dr. William Nebel knows a good doctor when he sees one. And he says Dr. Amy Shaheen, his internist of more than a decade, fits the bill as “what a real … Read more

The Sixth Annual Women’s Heart Symposium

Posted 4 years ago

On February 22, 2020, Dr. Paula Miller, UNC School of Medicine professor and director of the UNC Women’s Heart Program, will lead UNC’s sixth annual Women’s Heart Symposium. This free event provides hundreds of women with knowledge and resources designed … Read more

UNC Medicine Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2019

Posted 4 years ago

Fiscal Year 2019 was a record-shattering year for UNC Medicine thanks to supporters like you. Click here to check out our annual report and learn more about the transformational philanthropy that made it all possible!  

Now, New, Next Newsletter – January 2020

Posted 4 years ago

  UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | January 2020 Helping Women and Children Thrive UNC Horizons’ unique model of care works to end the intergenerational effects of substance abuse, helping mothers build a new life for … Read more

“The Heart and Soul of Health Care”

Posted 4 years ago

As the oldest student-run free health clinic in the United States, UNC School of Medicine’s Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) exemplifies the great things that happen when students, faculty, and alumni come together to improve the health of the North … Read more

A Healing Legacy

Posted 4 years ago

If one thing is clear from speaking with Steven Mozian’s parents and sister, it is that this son and brother made the most out of his short, 33-year life. Steven had a contagious laugh and a quick wit — two … Read more

Thank You, First Lady Kristin Cooper

Posted 4 years ago

On December 18, North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and her daughter Natalie came to visit the NC Children’s Hospital. Patients and their families were thrilled to meet her and open presents. Being in the hospital during the holidays, even … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – December 2019

Posted 4 years ago

  UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | DECEMBER 2019 An Evening Celebrating Philanthropy UNC Medicine held one of our largest events of the year to say “thank you” to our supporters. As we enter the holiday … Read more

An Evening Celebrating Philanthropy

Posted 4 years ago

On November 14, UNC Medicine held one of our largest events of the year to say “thank you” to our amazing supporters. As we enter the holiday season of gratitude, we are ever thankful for the philanthropic generosity from each … Read more

The Joy of Giving Back

Posted 4 years ago

Tomma and Bob Hargraves started their UNC journey in 1996 as “parents of a Carolina boy.” It was that same Carolina boy, now a physician in Georgia, who sent Tomma back to UNC 10 years later when she was diagnosed … Read more

“Boundless Opportunities” for Food Allergy Research

Posted 4 years ago

As director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative and medical director of the UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic, Dr. Edwin Kim treats children and adults living with a range of food allergies, and it is this hands-on work that informs … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – November 2019

Posted 4 years ago

UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | NOVEMBER 2019 Closing the Gap in Men’s Health Through one of the first comprehensive men’s health programs in the U.S., UNC Medicine supporters and physicians are working to change the … Read more

The Early Detection Difference

Posted 4 years ago

Cynthia Powell, MD, Professor in the Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism, has dedicated her career to the improvement and implementation of advanced newborn screenings to identify rare diseases. In the U.S., the term “rare disease” applies to treatable conditions … Read more

Fighting the Wave of Diabetes

Posted 4 years ago

One in three Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Or, UNC Diabetes Care Center founder and director John Buse puts it, “Anyone who is reading this article needs to look to the right and the left. One of those … Read more

Health Career Symposium Draws 135 High School Students

Posted 4 years ago

Every year since 1963, UNC Hospitals Volunteer Association has sponsored a North Carolina High School Health Career Symposium in Carrington Hall, the School of Nursing. This year the focus was on Neonatology, the care of premature and ill infants. Over … Read more

two nurses discuss breastfeeding

Grant from Prolacta Bioscience Foundation Already Making Impact

Posted 4 years ago

10/14/2019 Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Prolacta Bioscience Foundation, the UNC Children’s NICU nurses are being provided more resources for breastfeeding mothers. On October 14th, a training session took place for our NICU nurses, funded by Prolacta Bioscience Foundation. … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – October 2019

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  UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | OCTOBER 2019 Anita’s Next Adventure: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Inspiration October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We caught up with breast cancer survivor and world traveler Anita McAllister on … Read more

A Passion for Serving Women

Posted 4 years ago

In her 19 years at UNC, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody has accomplished a lot. She is the founder and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. She is the Ray M. Hayworth and … Read more

The Journey to Hope and Healing

Posted 4 years ago

Autoimmune diseases are the third most common category of disease in the United States after cancer and heart disease, although they do not receive as much attention or awareness. Autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to attack normal tissues in … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – September 2019

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UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | SEPTEMBER 2019 Innovative Approaches: UNC’s Dementia-Friendly Hospital Initiative Nearly six million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, and this number is growing. Learn how the UNC Center … Read more

A Community of Support Like No Other

Posted 4 years ago

When Dr. Beat Steiner, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education at the UNC School of Medicine, welcomed students to campus this summer, he set the tone for their upcoming year of medical education. Dr. Steiner welcomed the MS1s and … Read more

A Head Start on Brain Development

Posted 4 years ago

When Dr. John Gilmore and his colleagues launched the UNC Early Brain Development Study 20 years ago, they were seeking to understand abnormalities of early brain development in children at high risk for schizophrenia. This focus on the brain development … Read more

Now, New, Next Newsletter – August 2019

Posted 5 years ago

UNC Medicine eNews powering healthcare philanthropy UNC Medicine Newsletter | AUGUST 2019 UNC Medicine: Who We Are Learn more about UNC Medicine and how we work together with UNC Hospitals, UNC School of Medicine, and your favorite areas across medicine like … Read more

Navigating the Opioid Crisis

Posted 5 years ago

As a pain physician, Dr. Brooke Chidgey is on the front lines of North Carolina’s opioid crisis. She sees the addiction and misuse that have defined these prescription drugs. At the same time, she sees patients who rely on opioid … Read more

UNC Medicine: Who We Are

Posted 5 years ago

At UNC Medicine, we get many questions about who we are and what exactly it is that we do. Between UNC Medicine, UNC Hospitals, and UNC School of Medicine, we know that this jumble of brands can quickly become confusing. … Read more