Fundraiser to aid cancer center


Staff Writer

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A young professional organization created to support the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation’s purpose of advancing the mission of Nash UNC Health Care is hosting a fundraising dinner to help support an important cause.

The Young Ambassadors Circle Steering Committee is hosting its Farm-to-Table Dinner for the second straight year starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Rocky Mount Mills. The cost for the dinner is $100 per person and $75 per person for a member of the Young Ambassadors Circle.

Stacy Jesso, vice president and chief development officer for Nash UNC Health Care Foundation, said the thought was to host an event that hadn’t been seen in Rocky Mount, and something that would appeal to not only young professionals but people who enjoy great food and craft beer at the Mills.

“One of the most appealing attractions was to eat at large community tables with locally grown food and beer prepared by chefs and brewers at the Mill.”

She added 110 tickets have been sold and no more tickets are available for the event. The occasion will feature a three-course dinner with food prepared by Tipsy Tomato, The Tap @1918 and On the Square restaurant, while beer will be provided by Koi Pond Brewing Co., TBC West: Taproom & Tacos and Bull Durham Beer Co.

Jesso said this year’s proceeds will go to support UNC Cancer Care at Nash, in particular the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Any patient receiving treatment at UNC Cancer Care at Nash is eligible to apply for financial assistance through the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, though successful applicants must meet specific criteria.

Requests are monitored by social workers at UNC Cancer at Nash, who work closely with patient navigators to assist burdened patients with pursuing financial relief. Financial assistance also includes patient education and supportive services, cancer screenings and supportive therapy and services. 

The goal for the upcoming fundraising dinner is to net $15,000, Jesso said.

“Patients diagnosed with cancer can often face tremendous financial as well as physical and emotional challenges,” Jesso said. “Cancer treatment begins at diagnosis and can last a lifetime, forcing patients and families to incur a host of financial hardships. They’re often forced to take unpaid leave from work, lack transportation to and from treatment and unable to afford the cost of medicines for pain or nausea.

“For these patients, financial stress can become too great and drive them to end their treatment prematurely.”