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Spike Out Cancer Raised $16K to Support Teen and Young Adult Cancer Patient Program






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The 2023 Duke University Volleyball Team 'Spike Out Cancer' fundraiser — during their game against the University of North Carolina — raised $16,000 in support of the DCI Cancer Support Program's Teen and Young Adult Oncology Program (TYAO).

Pledges tied to every spike made by the Blue Devil team during this game as well as one-time donations were welcome.

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Matching Gift Opportunity

Since 2015, First Citizens Bank has prioritized supporting better treatment and building supportive communities for young people facing cancer. This value led them to partner with Spike Out Cancer in 2023.

This year, First Citizens Bank doubled gifts to support this cause up to $5,000.

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Our Inspiration

Research, care, and support for teen and young adult oncology patients has a very important spot in the hearts of the Duke volleyball family, as one of their former players, Jessi Bartholomew, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in her last semester at Duke. After chemotherapy and radiation, she is now in remission.

Throughout her treatment, the support from Duke Athletics and Duke Cancer Institute was overwhelming for Jessi, her family, and friends.

Spike Out Cancer weekend is an awesome chance for you to show your support and raise awareness for other patients like Jessi who are going through tough times.


Learn More About TYAO

To learn more about services offered through the TYAO Program, call 919.684.4497, or email TYAO@duke.edu.

Hear from former Duke Volleyball player and cancer survivor, Jessi Bartholomew, as she shares her story and raises awareness of the need for services for teens and young adults facing cancer. WATCH!