When her friend Missy Julian was diagnosed with breast cancer, Missy came up with the idea to hold the Beach Ball – which became an annual UNC Lineberger fundraiser – and Julie was on board to help from the get go. That was over 15 years ago!
Julie’s mother died from lymphoma at age 58, after a six year fight with the disease and before the possibility of a bone marrow transplant existed. That’s why Julie thinks it is so important to discover treatment alternatives. “As long as there is continued research, these things won’t have to happen to others,” she says.
In addition to her work with the Beach Ball, Julie has played an invaluable role in UNC Lineberger’s Tickled Pink Luncheon. She always got help from her fellow real estate agents to wait tables at the luncheon – which they did for several years! When Tickled Pink exploded into Turn the Town Pink, Julie and the real estate agents decided to host the Coldwell Banker BBQ which has turned into an annual event.
“With more and more advances coming from UNC Lineberger, the thought that someone else’s burden might be just a little bit lighter makes it all worth it,” says Julie.
This year, 84 real estate agents will be participating in Coldwell Banker's 3rd annual BBQ for Turn the Town Pink on October 18. “UNC Lineberger has given us something local, where we can drive down to the hospital and see the results,” says Julie. “Many participants in this year’s BBQ are survivors or have family members that have been affected. We enjoy doing this.”
For more information about Coldwell Banker's BBQ to support Turn the Town Pink, visit: http://www.pigoutforthecure.org/