Posts Tagged ‘UNC-Chapel Hill’

The University Cancer Research Fund

March 20, 2008

On March 13, 2008, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announced its partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and other researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill to use image analysis techniques to help doctors fight against melanoma.

The project, called Image Analysis to Assess Melanoma Heterogeneity, is one example of how the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) strives to save and improve the lives of North Carolinians.

The UCRF was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in July 2007 for cancer research at UNC Hospitals and/or UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2007 the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center received $25 million. In 2008 they will receive $40 million and in 2009 they will be given $50 million.

“We are honored that the state gave us this money and we want to be very smart about how we spend it,” said Dianne Shaw, Director of Communications for UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.  “We have held listening sessions in different geographical regions of the state to find out what North Carolinians want.  We keep their opinions in mind when deciding how to allocate funds.”

By giving $190,000 from the UCRF to research and develop treatment for skin cancers, North Carolinian’s voices have been heard. The money from this research will go towards evaluating more than 1,300 cancer patients worldwide, including 214 from North Carolina. The analysis from the cells of these patients will lead to models of melanoma cell descriptions, which will help with tumor classifications.

I invite you to comment on this site with your thoughts on how the research money from UCRF should be used. 

Cancer Sucks ’08

February 21, 2008

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What a perfect way to spend a Tuesday night- supporting a good cause, listening to upbeat music by local bands, and beer for those over 21! The first Cancer Sucks benefit concert was held Tuesday night at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.

A trio of bands: The Future Kings of Nowhere, The Sammies and The Honored Guests, volunteered their time to perform at the concert. All proceeds raised from the concert planned by UNC-Chapel Hill senior, Amy Bugno, went to Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Cat’s Cradle charged $250 for the sound equipment, and with tickets at $5 a pop, Bungo said that she hoped to raise a few thousand dollars. By 10 p.m. there were more than 100 members of the audience, meaning $250 of had already been raised. There was also a stand set up selling Relay For Life and band memorabilia as well as pizza for $1 per slice (again benefiting Relay For Life). T-shirts saying “cancer sucks” and “Great Breasts are worth fighting for” sold for $12 apiece or two for $20.

As the Event Chair for the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Relay For Life, Bugno came up with the idea for the concert after finding out that Relay would no longer be receiving money from the Breakfast with Roy fundraiser. Bugno says other fundraising events in the works include a bar night on February 21 at Coffee Shop, a barbecue with a fraternity, a campus outreach event about skin cancer awareness on March 3 — before everyone leaves on spring break, and a dodgeball tournament in April.

Of course Relay’s biggest event of the year is the actual Relay itself. This years event at UNC-Chapel Hill will be held on March 28 at 6 p.m. on Fetzer Field-Belk Track.