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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 15, 2007

Local angle: Randleman; Randolph County has 986 UNC alumni, 140 UNC students.

Media invited to Tar Heel Bus Tour stop in Randleman

Media representatives are invited to join the 10th anniversary Tar Heel Bus Tour for its last stop, the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman. The privately funded tour is taking 34 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members on a weeklong trip (May 14-18) across the state to learn about its people, economy, environment, culture and history.

Friday (May 18)
12:35 p.m.
Victory Junction Gang Camp
4500 Adam’s Way (off Fred Lineberry Road),  Randleman
Victory Junction Gang Camp is a place for children with mental and physical disabilities to experience the joy of summer camp. Created by Kyle and Pattie Petty, the NASCAR-themed facility offers 24 disease-specific weeklong sessions for children ages 7 to 15. This summer, children with craniofacial disabilities will get to spend a whole week at Victory Junction for the first time. (The camp previously hosted two family weekends for these patients.) No camps for craniofacial patients existed locally before Kim Uhrich of the UNC Division of Plastic Surgery asked Victory Junction to host a week. Tour participants will walk around the camp and hear from Uhrich and a mother whose family has participated in the Victory Junction craniofacial family weekend.
Victory Junction Gang Camp contacts: Kim Uhrich, UNC Division of Plastic Surgery, (919) 966-4446; Vivian Bailey, mother of a child with a cleft lip, (336) 446-0402; and  Ryan Shell, camp media and marketing, (336) 498-9055.

The Tar Heel Bus Tours have covered about 1,100 miles each year. For the full 2007 itinerary and information about the participants, visit http://www.unc.edu/bustour/past.html

Background information: Read a release about the 10th anniversary of the Tar Heel Bus Tour at http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr07/bustourann043007.html. To watch a special anniversary video, go to http://www.unc.edu/bustour/2007/video07-04.html.

News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu