Friday, March 27, 2009

An Incredible Day

This has truly been one of the most incredible days of my life.

Today was my last meeting as Chair of the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. I've been chair for 4 years, as was my dad in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

This group is the oldest volunteer board at the Cancer enter. We're the grassroots arm of the Cancer Center, and our mission is to be ambassadors for Duke and raise awareness of the wonderful things happening at Duke in the fight against cancer.

I was honored by the things that were said about me and my contributions to Duke at this meeting. It truly has been my honor and privilege to have been associated with this incredible group of people. And I will continue to stay on as a member of the CAC in the years to come!

They gave me a beautiful Duke Medicine chair with an engraved plaque on the back that I have in my study. It will be one of my treasures.

We've made such great progress in our quest to find effective therapies that will make the fear of a cancer diagnosis a thing of the past. It's awe-inspiring to hear of the research being done and care being given by these physicians at Duke. Read more at

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March Madness

I think March is my favorite month of the year. As a Duke basketball fanatic, March is right in the thick of things as far as basketball around here goes.

I've been involved with the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament here for 10 years, and it's one of my favorite events. The women can really play!

It's been a great opportunity to be involved with the marketing of this tournament. When we first started 10 years ago, we had to convince folks that this would actually be an exciting sports event worth watching. Now, we have sell-out crowds in the Greensboro Coliseum! Mission accomplished!

One of the reasons for our success is a partnership we began 10 years ago with Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test, a local grassroots organization that raises awareness and money to support research aimed at discovering a test that will detect breast cancer early. This organization is fabulous and has been wonderfully successful with their efforts. It's an honor to have been associated with them. You can read more about them at

The NCAA Men's Regional Tournament began here today, and I had breakfast with my dear friend Bob Harris (no relation!), who is the voice of the Duke Blue Devils. I've known Bob for more years than either of us cares to count, and he is truly a legend not only at Duke but within the ACC and national sporting world. He told me this morning that he's writing a book that is due to be published in the fall of 2009. It will have an audio CD as part of the book, with some of his most famous conversations over the years. Watch for more on this at

And today is my birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate than to be with dear friends and watching Duke basketball!