Coach Williams Raises $1 Million For Cancer Research

Friday, October 16, 2009 — In just five years, Coach Roy Williams has raised more than $1 million for cancer research, treatment and prevention programs in our community. These funds have been raised through Coach Williams’ highly successful Fast Break Against Cancer event, which was launched in 2004. Coach Williams also directed half of the proceeds from the sold-out UNC Alumni Basketball game to support cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Coach Williams was recognized for this significant milestone by UNC Lineberger director Dr. Shelley Earp at this year’s Fast Break Against Cancer. “Like our Tar Heels on the court, the researchers, doctors and caregivers at UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital never stop fighting. We are touched and grateful for the outstanding support from Coach Williams for our efforts to bring the very best in cancer research, prevention and treatment to North Carolina and the world,” said UNC Lineberger director Dr. Shelley Earp.

Today’s breakfast celebrated the UNC Men’s Basketball 2009 NCAA National Championship and the opening of the N.C. Cancer Hospital. More than 300 guests heard personal reflections on the toll cancer takes in people’s lives by former UNC basketball player, member of the 1993 NCAA National Championship team and former NBA star Eric Montross. UNC Men’s Basketball assistant coaches, coaching great Bill Guthridge and “voice of the Tar Heels,” Woody Durham also participated.

Bidding was lively for one-of-a-kind live auction items including a pair of shoes signed by UNC All-American and National Championship MVP Tyler Hansbrough (now playing for the Indiana Pacers), one of only 75 UNC basketballs autographed by all of the members of the 2008-2009 NCAA National Championship basketball team and coaches and a package for one person to attend a pre-game locker room team meeting, watch the game from the UNC bench and attend Coach Williams’ post game press conference. Coach Williams also presented surprise auction items for bid to attendees – two unique UNC basketballs signed by all of the living members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Event sponsors include Atlantic Packaging ($25,000), GlaxoSmithKline ($15,000), AT&T, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, The Carolina Inn, Curtis Media Group, Dixie Asset Management, Grady-White and Long Beverage, Inc. (all $10,000).

Contact: Ellen de Graffenreid, (919) 962-3405, edegraff@med.unc.edu; Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-7834, dgs@med.unc.edu

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