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Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament Raises $93,000

The UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill played host Thursday morning to the 28th annual Carolina Kids Classic Charity Golf Tournament In all, $93,000 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. A wide variety of local residents and donors joined together with sports figures such as UNC head football coach Larry Fedora and head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Breschi to celebrate a worthy cause. Founded by the legendary voice of the Tar Heels, Woody Durham, and Greensboro businessman Mike Haley, the tournament has raised over $3.6 million for the charity since its inception in 1988. The...

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Dr. Daniel Kaufer Explains Primary Progressive Aphasia

Long-time UNC sportscaster Woody Durham announced this month that he has been diagnosed with the neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia. It is a progressive brain disorder that impacts his language expression. But Durham isn’t alone. In the past four weeks, UNC Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Daniel Kaufer, has diagnosed ten other cases of primary progressive aphasia. “There has been increasing research and recognition that this syndrome is actually a lot more common than people have appreciated,” Kaufer said. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Kaufer said Durham’s announcement, along with the month-long campaign to raise awareness of the disease,...

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Woody Durham Diagnosed with Disorder Affecting Language Expression

Longtime Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham has been diagnosed with a neurocognitive condition, the university announced on Wednesday. The announcement came in the form of an open letter from Durham: “Last winter, I was diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder, primary progressive aphasia, that affects my language expression.  I want to tell you this because I will no longer be doing any public speaking. I can still enjoy the company of friends and traveling with my wife, Jean, but I am not able to address groups as I did in the past.  While learning of this diagnosis was...

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Chansky’s Notebook: March 17 Memories

The Tar Heels have played 13 games on St. Patty’s Day. Tonight, they will play for the 14th time on St. Patrick’s Day, the global holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland that has since turned into a celebration of dancing, eating and drinking, mostly drinking. Roy Williams is 2-0 on St. Patty’s day at UNC, beating Murray State in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and Michigan State the next year in the game that Tyler Hansbrough played with a broken nose and mask that he ripped off in the second half. Bill Guthridge was 1-0 on March 17,...

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