Panthers and Saints recognize Wilmington nonprofit

Flunk Cancer

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A Wilmington based nonprofit took center stage at the Carolina Panthers game on Sunday.

“Flunk Cancer” ‘was featured in the Panthers gameday program against the New Orleans Saints. The organization helps support teachers and their family as the battle brain cancer.

The non-profit was created by family and friends of Shannon McHone, a 2007 graduate of UNCW, who become a teacher before she passed away in April after a nine year battle with brain cancer.

Shannon’s son, Landen, and three other family members had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines during Sunday’s game. The 12-year-old was featured as the Panthers’ Keep Pounding Kid and Landen was able to meet several football players including star running back Christian McCaffrey.

"There are a lot of organizations out there that try to do this, but we want to benefit teachers,” said Shannon’s father, John Barry. “One of the reasons why it's important for us to benefit teachers is we realize the students of today are the scientists of tomorrow. And it's those scientists of tomorrow that will turn around and cure cancer.”

Saints running back and McHone family friend Latavious Murray even wore special cleats during the game in honor of Shannon McHone.

The cleats featured the Flunk Cancer logo and are being donated to the Flunk Cancer organization. They will be sold in a silent auction at Ironclad Brewery in Wilmington on New Year’s Eve. To learn more about the Flunk Cancer organization or get tickets to the New Year’s Eve event, visit

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