A worthy cause brought together more than 60 runners at the Old Well on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Despite the chill of a March Saturday morning, the UNC-CH Kappa Epsilon chapter registered 5K runners and raised more than $1,600 for the Caring Community Foundation. The Cary-based non-profit helps support cancer patients who face financial difficulties during treatment and recovery.
Jill Wolford, a breast cancer survivor, founded the non-profit after seeing a real need to help patients buy groceries, pay rent or loans, fund transportation costs, or provide daycare coverage. Wolford is also an alumna of UNC School of Pharmacy.
“It’s the little things you don’t really think of that can make a big difference,” said Sarah Katherine Leyden, one of the race organizers. Leyden said snow forced the service fraternity to cancel the race for the last two years. Leyden was happy to see the race happen this year and was pleased to see students run alongside cancer patients and survivors to help others in need.
“This is why you’re in pharmacy school,” she said about helping people. “It puts things in perspective.”