Join Charlotte Smarty Pants and cast your vote for the Charlotte Smarty Mom of the Year (for 2016): Voting ends at 5PM on January 13.

We’d like to introduce four nominees who are very special to Carolinas HealthCare Foundation for their philanthropic leadership and fundraising efforts that have been vital to patient programs and clinical research at Carolinas HealthCare System facilities, including Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital:


Margie Eades: Cancer survivor, prayer warrior, and tireless advocate for cancer research innovations at Levine Cancer Institute.

In 2012, the Charlotteans for Cancer Cure—a group of women in the 18-Hole Ladies Golf Association at Carmel Country Club—formed with the vision of helping to bring cutting-edge cancer treatments and clinical trials to Levine Cancer Institute. Since that time, this special group of supporters has collectively raised or contributed over $140,000 for the Cancer Research Innovations Fund at LCI.


Read Margie’s story here:

Learn more about the Charlotteans for Cancer Cure here:



Kara Olsen

Kara Olsen goes the “HEARTest Yard” for the families of infants facing congenital heart disease, in honor of her son, TJ, who was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and received life-saving treatment at Levine Children’s Hospital. Along with her husband, Carolina Panther tight end Greg Olsen, and supporters of their foundation, Receptions for Research, Kara has helped raise over $1.2 million for the HEARTest Yard Fund since its inception, in 2013. The Fund supports families at Levine Children’s Hospital whose children require (often-complex) surgical procedures and post-operative care to repair the damage of congenital heart defects, such as HLHS.


Read Kara’s story here:

Learn more about Receptions for Research and the HEARTest Yard Fund here:



Katie Robbins: Empowering women everywhere to make breast health a TOP PRIORITY!

We are honored to have Katie serve on the Carolinas Breast Cancer Committee at Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, where she lends her voice and talents to fundraising initiatives for breast cancer research, screening/outreach, and patient programs at Levine Cancer Institute. This inspiring, energetic mother of two shared her breast cancer survivor story with Charlotte Smarty Pants. Hear her amazing story recorded here:



Susan (Sue) Udelson

Sue Udelson—the dynamic, visionary leader of the Paula Takacs Sarcoma Research Foundation—has inspired an upwelling of philanthropic support (raising more than $300,000 in recent years) for the advancement of sarcoma research at Levine Cancer Institute, a cause near and dear to her heart.

Read Sue’s interview here:

Learn more about the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research: