Stories of Generosity
Gifts That Advance Our Mission
These are the stories of how our donors are improving life for others. Whether it’s a thankful family, choosing to support critical research after helping their own child face a health challenge, or a successful local business choosing to provide care packages for our current patients, these are just a few of the stories that inspire us.
Greater peanut tolerance, lower family stress and really cool lasers.
When Colton Meade of Denver, Colo., suffered a severe reaction to peanuts as a toddler, his parents, Misty and Chad, were determined to help find treatments for peanut allergy. While they’ve never been to Chapel Hill, Misty and Chad created the Meade Family Pediatric Allergy Research Fund in the Department of Pediatrics. Their fund supports critical research by Dr. Wesley Burks and his team aimed at increasing peanut tolerance over time with the goal of developing viable treatments for peanut and other food allergies. Misty and Chad say they started the fund so Colton would know they were doing all they could to not only treat his condition but also to help others as well.
Misty and Chad Meade, with daughter Kaitlyn and son Colton
“Research is always critical to diagnosis, treatment and hopefully cure of any condition, and Dr. Burks’ work is extremely impressive and compelling.”
–Misty and Chad Meade
A North Carolina company took team-building to a new level in partnership with UNC Children’s. In January, Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp) employees personally assembled and delivered more than 150 gifts for children staying at the hospital as a community-focused team-building activity. LabCorp partnered with Cheeriodicals, a national team-building company that conducts events benefiting children’s hospitals and other charities, to provide the gift boxes, which contained things like puzzles, coloring books and a favorite of patients, a laser pointer. In addition to this event, LabCorp has donated $20,000 to support Promise Grants at UNC Children’s in the past year.
“Delivering gifts to patients demonstrated a different, and fulfilling, way we can achieve our mission of improving health and improving lives.”
–David King, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LabCorp
JUST TRYAN IT
What started as a group of moms committed to doing triathlons together turned into a foundation with a mission to help families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. JUST TRYAN IT raises money for families through children’s triathlon events, and in 2016, the group presented UNC Children’s with $25,000 to support families of children undergoing treatment for cancer. Their contribution helps offset the indirect costs families incur, like travel, lodging, meals and special equipment. Carrie Norry, founder and president of JUST TRYAN IT, said that her organization’s aim is to help families stay focused on getting healthy rather than on dealing with the financial burdens that come with having a child in the hospital. This is the first time that JUST TRYAN IT has made contributions to UNC Children’s, and Norry said it won’t be the last. Since 2010, the organization has gifted more than $1 million to families fighting childhood cancer and continue to grow.
“Our aim is to help families stay focused on getting healthy rather than on dealing with the financial burdens that come with having a child in the hospital.”
–Carrie Norry, founder and president of JUST TRYAN IT
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