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History of the Family House Cow

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"In 2012, North Carolina artists were asked to paint a cow to enter the Cow Parade, a fundraiser for UNC Children’s Hospital.  Fifteen life-size cows were painted and sold, yet some were returned to the Hospital as gifts.  Our Bearden Bovine was offered to us by the Hospita… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Pamela Tudrym

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“Volunteering is one of the best measures for the health of society because it tells us how involved and how invested people are in their communities.  When you volunteer, you’re not waiting for someone else to improve life in your community – you’re taking mat… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Heather Ledbetter, In Her Words

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“I have stayed at SECU Family House multiple times since 2011 because I have had a liver transplant and two kidney transplants at UNC.  My family has also stayed at Family House when I have been hospitalized.  All the staff and volunteers are so helpful and caring. I feel l… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Terry & Wanda Morrison

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Married for 52 years, Terry and Wanda Morrison are a retired couple from Wilmington, North Carolina.  Two years ago, Terry was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. They had … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Musicians

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       Music soothes souls. Since 2009, Family House has staged hundreds of performances for guests in genres that include gospel, bluegrass, classical, and West African folk music. UNC glee clubs are crowd-pleasers, as are magicians. An Andy Griffith impersonator even c… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Doreen Berryman

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Three years ago, Doreen Berryman was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous tumor that affects hearing and balance. Following surgery to remove the tumor at UNC Hospitals, she had a grand mal seizure that left her partially paralyzed on her right side. What makes this psychiatri… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Michael and Sylvia Latil

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Family House guests Michael and Sylvia Latil live in Aberdeen, North Carolina – a town in Moore County that's known for its longleaf pines, renowned golf courses, railroads, artists, and historians.  This past March, Michael was diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV) positive t… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Brian & Lorien Borowski

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As it has been oftentimes shared, no two days are ever alike here at SECU Family House. While the day’s routines are ever-evolving and the rooms quickly fill up, what remains a welcomed constant is the ebb and flow of guests who grace our hospitality house each day.  We are so gra… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Lynne Jacobs

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There is satisfaction in doing simple tasks which add up to the larger mission we have at SECU Family House.  This mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for life-saving procedures and seri… Read More