North Carolina

Hatchell's blueberry patch helps fight cancer

Posted August 16, 2013

Scientists say blueberries powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins make them one of nature's top cancer fighters, two things that hit home for North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell.

"In 2000, I had my own little scare, but everything was ok," said Hatchell.

Outside her summer home, deep in the heart of Black Mountain, blooms a beautiful blueberry patch, 240 bushes, give or take every season.

That's when she got an idea: Let people pick from her property and instead of collecting admission, she'd ask them to mail a donation to the foundation that helped Hatchell, UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"I was just trying to do it because I got a really good report and how good they had been to me," said Hatchell.

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It's all on the honor system, $5 a basket. It might not seem like much, but it adds up.

"Some people give $10, $15, $20," Hatchell explained. "Some of them give thousands of dollars."

For Hatchell, the only thing sweeter than the taste is knowing her patch makes a difference.

"Just recently (Lineberger's) prize pupil that reported to the board, she was talking about her cancer and how she was treated at Lineberger, and they asked her how she found out about the center," Hatchell said. "She said, 'Well, I live right outside of Asheville, North Carolina, and I go out to the Lineberger Cancer Center Blueberry Patch and pick blueberries."

Now, if only they came in a lighter shade of blue.

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  • VT1994Hokie Aug 17, 2013

    Super job by Coach Hatchell.

  • StunGunn Aug 17, 2013

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    Very true, and the real rival is cancer, one I wish Coach Yow could have beaten.

  • Hammerhead Aug 17, 2013

    Strong work Coach! No nobler deed than altruism.

  • olsportsfan Aug 17, 2013

    Not a Carolina fan but Wow! You're just a class act Coach Hatchell. And as I suspected good ole country girl.

  • fed.up69 Aug 17, 2013

    As a State fan I will always be thankful of Coach Hatchell for her support of Coach Yow during her battle with cancer.

  • YouGotThatRight Aug 17, 2013

    Me loves some Booberry Crunch.

  • flagship4ever Aug 17, 2013

    Fighting Cancer with Blueberries:

    The Carolina Way.

  • StunGunn Aug 16, 2013

    Saw this on WRAL tonight - what a wonderful story, and Coach Hatchell is doing a great service for the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.

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