Giving Back and Celebrating Life

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Dec 142012

The Department of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Division held their annual Patient/Family Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3 at the Brody School of Medicine. This year, more than 175 family members of children diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other chronic blood disorders attended the event. This occasion gives families of newly diagnosed patients the opportunity to meet and support each other and other families something to look forward to year after year.

This event would not be possible without the tremendous support of the ECU community, local organizations and volunteers. Many of the volunteers want to give back because they have been affected by cancer or some other chronic disorder.

All of the attendees enjoyed a pizza supper sponsored and served by volunteers from Riley’s Army. Riley’s Army is an organization aimed at providing support to children with cancer and their families in Eastern North Carolina.

A patient’s sibling shares her wish list

Volunteers with the ECU Child Life Student Association, advised by faculty advisor, Priti Desai, PhD. Nakeyshia Tucker who was also a pediatric Hematology/Oncology patient assisted attendees with Holiday crafts. ECU HOSA student volunteers assisted with turning the area into a festive winter wonderland for all to enjoy. New Genes provided a dance routine and musical entertainment during the event.

No holiday party would be complete without a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! All the kids received gifts graciously donated by Beau’s Buddies. Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund is a nonprofit organization that works to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer in Eastern North Carolina.

Marvin sits on Santa’s lap and shares his wish list

Pediatric cancer patients from Vidant’s Children’s Hospital were able to attend as well with the help of pediatric nurses and child life staff.

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient/Family Holiday Celebration is a component of the division’s Rainbow Services program. Rainbow Services also sponsors Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope which are week long camp experiences for children diagnosed with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell disease.

If you would like more information about how you or your community organization can sponsor Camp Rainbow/Camp Hope scholarships and other events to support children and their families, please contact Jacquelyn Sauls, program director at or (252) 744-4102.


Hope you enjoy this video from 2012 Camp Hope and Camp Rainbow.


BSOM leading the state in producing NC Physicians

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Nov 272012

A recent article in the Triangle Business Journal noted that the Brody School of Medicine, part of the Division of Health Sciences at ECU, leads the state in producing physicians who remain in NC to practice.  Unlike graduates of the other three medical schools in the state, over half of Brody’s 2006 graduates are now in practice across NC.  53% of those 2006 graduates matched in primary care specialties (67% if OB/GYN is included).

In keeping with its legislatively-mandated mission, the BSOM has also repeatedly been cited over the past few years for being the top school in the nation for producing family physicians.  Brody is also in the top 10% of all US medical schools for training physicians who go on to practice in rural and underserved areas.

James G. Peden Jr.,  MD

Associate Dean, BSOM Admissions


* 1st annual Run For A Reason 5K sponsored by the Greenville Women’s League will be held on Saturday,  December 8th at 9 am benefiting Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope. These are week long camping experiences with children who have cancer or hemophilia  and their siblings. This is a new course and Walkers are Welcome! You can register at or email for more information.