Former UNC baseball player and brain cancer survivor Chase Jones turned his battle with the disease into the formation of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children by funding international cancer research projects and supporting local children’s hospitals.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation encourages athletes and communities to participate in head-shaving events at baseball games and other fundraising opportunities to raise money and increase cancer awareness. Half of all proceeds donated at local events is given to local pediatric oncology programs while the remaining half funds cancer research projects.
Jones began raising funds to fight cancer in 2012, partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, to raise more than $400,000 for childhood cancer research that year. Soon afterwards, Jones created the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
“Cancer is personal for me. Having battled this disease I have seen first-hand the impact it can have on families, especially children,” said Jones. “By funding research and supporting local children’s hospitals, we can make a difference that can increase survival rates and save kids’ lives.”
Jones played for the Tar Heels 2007 through 2011 and graduated with a business administration degree in 2011.