Holly Springs restaurant raises $37,000 for children’s cancer research 

Monthly Supper Club supports CureSearch for Children’s Cancer 

Holly Springs, N.C. – September 28, 2023 – Pimiento Tea Room, a unique tea house and restaurant in downtown Holly Springs, has raised more than $37,000 this year for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, supporting pediatric cancer research.  

In 2020, Matt and Christy Griffith transformed a historic 180-year-old farmhouse into the Holly Springs’ award-winning Pimiento Tea Room. Shortly after opening, the couple launched the monthly Supper Club, a seven-course event that features adventurous cuisine with a Southern twist. Proceeds are donated to CureSearch to help fund lifesaving research. 

The couple presented the check on September 25th to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a month very special to the Griffith family.  

“Our youngest child, Eve, was diagnosed with anaplastic bilateral Wilms Tumor in 2009 when she was two years old. That was the worst day of our lives,” said Christy. “When you hear the word cancer, but don’t yet have a plan, it’s easy to feel helpless and imagine the most unfavorable outcome.” 

Eve is now cancer free and like so many childhood cancer survivors, she is at risk for lifelong side effects from treatment. CureSearch is dedicated to ensuring every child with cancer has a safe and effective treatment option, and the chance to live a long, healthy life. 

“The industry average for preclinical research moving into clinical trials is 8%. CureSearch has seen 60% of their funded pre-clinical research projects move into clinical trials within the last 10 year, said Chris Morton, chair of the CureSearch Community Leadership Board in the Triangle Area. “And their projects make it to clinical trials 1.5 times faster than the national average. That speed is critical for kids now facing cancers with limited treatment options.”  

CureSearch hosts multiple events across the country to raise funds for children’s cancer research, such as the Foothills Spring Ultimate Hike on April 20, 2024. This life-changing adventure gives hikers and supporters the chance to hike the Foothills Trail in South Carolina, while honoring and supporting children with cancer. To register, visit ultimatehike.org/foothills

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