CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —In front of more than 800 runners, the Carolina For The Kids Foundation announced a new partnership with the N.C. Children’s Promise to build a clinic for N.C. Children’s Hospital at its third annual Kilometers for the Kids Race on Saturday November 22, 2014
This new 10,000 square-foot clinic will prevent the hospital from facing future space constraint.
“The hospital is currently running low on room for specialty clinics,” said Carolina For The Kids Foundation publicity chair Brendan Leonard, “Moving the general pediatric clinic off-site to the new building will enable more children to be served by the hospital and receive clinical care.”
The project cost will be approximately $2.5 million and should be raised in approximately five years. As a part of the agreement, Carolina For The Kids will retain naming rights of the building, and ownership will go to N.C. Children’s Hospital.
“Right now the hospital provides care to more than 70,000 children from 100 counties throughout North Carolina each year,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, chairman and chief physician of the N.C. Children’s Hospital. “This new clinic will allow us to continue to serve those patients with the best care possible.”
Formerly known as UNC Dance Marathon, Carolina For The Kids is a student-run nonprofit organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is the largest student fundraiser on campus and works year-round to raise money to help overcome childhood illness by providing major support for the medical, surgical and emotional care of the patients and families served by North Carolina Children’s Hospital. During the 2013-2014 school year, the organization raised a total of $551,595.87 through the marathon event, as well as a number of benefit concerts, campus fundraisers, individual donations and more.