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 on Friday April 23, 2021 from 2:00 – 6:00pm at the ECU Health Science Campus Student Center. Attendance will be partially limited due to COVID regulations at the time of the event, but we hope to see you there if at all possible. Check out the event’s Facebook page for timely updates.

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!