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The Becky Black Memorial Fund to Fight Endometrial Cancer


Supporting research, treatment and outreach programs at UNC Lineberger


Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease. Endometrial (uterine) cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system. According to the American Cancer Society, about 60,000 new cases of endometrial cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016. Approximately 10,000 women will die this year from cancers related to the uterus. The death rate for endometrial cancer has increased 300% over the past 25 years.

In August of 2009, Becky Black, wife of Dr. Dave Black, a professor of ancient Greek, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of endometrial cancer. From 2009-2013, Becky received treatment at UNC.

Becky passed away on Nov. 2, 2013.

In 2015, Dave became a competitive 5K runner at the age of 63. Much of his motivation came from watching his wife of 37 years struggle with endometrial cancer for five years. She did so with dignity, humor, and unfailing faith. Her strength and courage inspired everybody who knew her.

Knowing there are thousands of women in the U.S. going through the same struggle inspired Dr. Black to help raise awareness and research money to fight endometrial cancer through the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, NC. He passionately desires to give something back to UNC for their excellent care of his wife. As a result, Dave has established the Becky Black Memorial Fund to Fight Endometrial Cancer. The specific focus is to help the efforts of Dr. Victoria L. Bae-Jump, who specializes in endometrial cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

Any donation, large or small, will be gratefully appreciated.

Note, gifts made by check will not be included on the online total but will be credited to the account.
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