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UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s annual Tickled Pink Event, held each October to raise funds for UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, has exploded.

“We can no longer contain the spirit of our amazing volunteers and community supporters and limit the celebration to just one day, so we had to take drastic action,” said UNC Lineberger’s Mary Seagroves.

According to Seagroves, pink-themed events and benefits are popping up all over Chapel Hill, sometimes in the least expected places. So many people have been touched by cancer that October, best known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, has become a time to show our support for all cancer patients and their families.

Community members and volunteers who want to support patients at the world-class, hometown N.C. Cancer Hospital have multiple options:

*Attending UNC events like women’s field hockey games (Oct. 16 and 17) complete with pink pompoms, and a “Turn Your Tailgate Pink” for the William & Mary Homecoming football game on Oct. 30.

* Patronizing Tickled Pink’s Community Partners – businesses in the Triangle who run a special promotion to benefit UNC Lineberger in October. From signature drinks to a percentage of proceeds on pink items, to creative window displays and seasonal décor, community businesses step up to support patients and families in our community who have been affected by cancer.

* Throwing your own pink-themed party to benefit UNC Lineberger – all month long Lineberger will be sharing pink-themed party tips. Volunteers and supporters across the Triangle will be hosting their friends at pink-themed events! From sit-down dinners to downtown desserts, cocktails to backyard barbecues, “ladies who lunch” to a laid-back luau, turn your tailgate pink before a home game.

* Coming out to Top of the Hill for Tickled Pink at Twilight on Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a fun event and silent auction overlooking downtown Chapel Hill.

UNC Lineberger director of development services Alyson Newman and artist Elaine O'Neil. O'Neil is selling her calendars to benefit the N.C. Cancer Hospital.Over the past 7 years, Tickled Pink volunteers have raised more than $370,000 for patient support programs.

“We are looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity that goes into this event this year bust out all over Chapel Hill and Carrboro as our talented community members take their pink enthusiasm on the road or into their homes in support of our patient programs at UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital,” Seagroves added.

 (Photo, right: UNC Lineberger director of development services Alyson Newman with artist Elaine O’Neil. O’Neil is selling her calendars to raise funds for the N. C. Cancer Hospital.)