Guest Spotlight: Scholar to Patient

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We all know that life can change in the blink of an eye. Such was the case for Anna Barkovskya, a visiting scholar/graduate student from the University of Trondheim in Norway.  Anna had plans to spend three months working in a lab at UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with th… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Energy Healing

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For the past 3-1/2 years, Nancy Fountain has been sharing her specialized form of healing with our guests. Referred to as “energy healing,” it’s a branch of alternative medicine where the healer channels healing energy into a patient, typically involving gentle touch. Sessi… Read More

Successful 2017 Carolina Ball!

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The Carolina Ball on September 29, 2017 was a beautiful evening of fun and philanthropy. Over 370 attendees raised more than $270,000 in net proceeds to support the 2,200 families who stay with us each year. These funds will fully cover the cost to operate 8 of our 40 rooms for nearly a year… Read More

Announcing: Expansion Campaign Milestone 75% of Goal

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SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals has launched the public phase of our expansion campaign by announcing we have reached the ground breaking goal of $6.1M, which is 75% of the $8M campaign goal. The Share the House Capital Campaign will nearly double the size of Family House from 40 to 75 ro… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Feels Like Home

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Soon after her son was born earlier this year in Dallas, Texas, Rebekah “Becca” Rische was diagnosed with post-partum depression (PPD), a mood disorder that can affect women soon after childbirth. Referred to UNC Hospitals because it houses the nation’s first and only free… Read More

Entertainment at Family House

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Our guests are regularly entertained by live performances from violinists, cellists, guitarists, singers and more, thanks in large part to the efforts of our long-time volunteer Entertainment Coordinator, George Spencer. One of our regular performers is Eric Thomas. Adept at playing the aco… Read More

Thank you, CarolinaEast Foundation

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The CarolinaEast Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the annual operating fund at SECU Family House to assist patients and families from the CarolinaEast Health System’s service area: Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Carteret and Onslow Counties. Nearly 1,700 guests have stayed at Family Hosue fr… Read More

Safe and comfortable

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Our 40 rooms are in constant use, and we replace furnishings, mattresses and fixtures on a regular basis using funds from a designated replacement reserve. We survey guests and learn from our housekeeping staff and volunteers how we can best improve guest comfort. This summer we started a m… Read More

Guest and Volunteer Spotlight: Creative Spirits

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Guests and volunteers share meals, companionship, and sometimes, a creative spirit. Over several weeks while she recovered from a double lung transplant, guest Liz Mosely learned to quilt from long-time Family House volunteer, Jean Fetterman, master quilter and proud owner of Willie, one of … Read More