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Reelin’ For Research


Reelin’ For Research


Reelin’ for Research is a year-round fundraising effort benefiting the UNC Children’s Hospital and childhood cancer research. It culminates each year with a one-day fishing tournament in Morehead City, NC. We just wrapped up this year’s record-setting tournament where we were able to present a check for $601,000! That’s over $3 million raised to date!

Today roughly 60 boats compete annually making Reelin’ for Research one of the largest offshore fishing tournaments on the East Coast. Even more, Reelin’ for Research has grown beyond the tournament, becoming a year-round fundraising effort with nearly 2 million dollars raised to date – all for childhood cancer research!



Reelin’ for Research raises funds to aid in the treatment and research of childhood cancer, with the ultimate goal of “landing” a cure.
new-nccp-logo-2014Each year, $100,000 of the money raised goes into the Tony Montana Fellowship Fund at UNC Children’s Hospital which is then awarded to a physician specializing in childhood cancer research. The remainder of the funds are placed into an endowment with the purpose of eventually funding the fellowship into perpetuity.

Dr. Stuart Gold, Director of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at the hospital, helped guide us in establishing the fellowship fund because he believes that these physicians are primary in the effort to cure childhood cancer. We rely on Dr. Gold, with his many years of experience and his every day involvement with children battling cancer, to select the fellowship recipients.