A Culinary Christmas

Each year, Stuart Gold, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, works on Christmas. He considers it his duty to be there for the patients and their families on his unit, 5 Children’s, who would rather be at home during the holidays but are undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions including cancer and blood disorders.

“Cancer doesn’t stop for Christmas,” says Gold. “It’s a hard time to be in the hospital not only for our patients and their families but also for the hospital staff.”

For 28 consecutive holidays, Gold has provided an additional level of comfort for these patients and their families and for hospital employees by bringing in home-cooked food on Christmas.

“It’s for everyone,” says Gold. “If I can help others during the holidays by taking the edge off of being in the hospital, then I will. And selfishly, this combines two of my loves. I will never give up medicine or cooking.”

Video by Max Englund, UNC Health Care

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