CHAPEL HILL – Saturday, you can support the UNC Lineberger Center by donating to the “Pink Heals,” Help Give Cancer the Boot campaign.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will participate in a “boot” drive beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Tar Heel Town. CHFD Public Information Officer Lisa Edwards says the funds from the event will go towards UNC Lineberger.

“The Pink Heals event is about supporting women in the community and their support systems,” she says. “Our funds that we raise will go to the Lineberger Family Life Center, (which) provides books for support, meditation, massages, (and) hairpieces.”

Recently, UNC women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell was diagnosed with leukemia.  Edwards says this year they will honor her by having pictures of Coach Hatchell on their boots.

“This particular year,” Edwards says, “not only do we have Help Give Cancer the Boot (as our slogan), but we also have a picture of Coach Hatchell, with her permission, to use on the boots as we walk around the stadium and solicit donations.”

Edwards says Hatchell has helped hold other fundraiser events for cancer awareness in the past.

“In the spring, we’ll do a donation drive at a women’s basketball game, and she’s always been very supportive,” she says.

During the boot drive in Tar Heel Town, there will be a law enforcement car from the Pink Heals Parade that people can sign in honor of the people affected by cancer. T-shirts and survival bracelet kits will also be available for purchase to support the cause. For more information you can click here.