Four years ago, a few East Carolina University medical students had a vision of making an impact in the local community. Not long after, Pirates Vs. Cancer was born. Today, we are planning our 5th annual fundraiser which will take place in April 2021. Further details will soon follow, pending COVID policies.

Pirates Vs. Cancer is a one-of-a-kind event that is uniting ECU students and staff behind a common goal: empowering children to beat cancer and improving the lives of kids battling deadly cancers right here in eastern North Carolina. Each year, participants from all over ECU join together to shave their heads, cut their hair, and create awareness by standing in solidarity with these brave children from our local community.

Funds raised will support programs and services for pediatric cancer patients at the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center, just steps away from where we work and study each day. We are proud to stand beside these children in their fights, but we need your help! Thanks to support from our generous partners, 100% of all tax-deductible donations will directly fund this mission.

Since the inaugural fundraiser in 2017, we have raised over $100,000 thanks to the selfless actions of over 125 shavees and hair donors, and won the prestigious honor of "Outstanding Event of the Year” at ECU twice in a row. We’d love to have your support as we continue to grow!

Pirates Vs. Cancer has raised a cumulative $100,000 for kids fighting cancer since its founding in 2017.