Holt brothers hope charity walk will raise cancer awareness

April 11, 2012
By Bill Krueger

Terrence and Torry Holt, brothers who starred at NC State before going on to play in the NFL, have hosted their share of charity golf tournaments to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

But the Holts wanted to do something different this year — something that might appeal to a broader range of people. Golf tournaments are fun, Terrence Holt says, but they are expensive and time-consuming. They don’t appeal to everyone.

So this year, the Holt brothers are holding the first Answers for Cancer Walk on April 21 at PNC Arena. The event is being held in conjunction with NC State’s spring football game later in the day.

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Terrence Holt, photo courtesy of Holt Brothers Enterprises

“Golf is great, but we think more people can be active in this walk,” Terrence Holt says. “We think more people can spread our message that help is out there for you.”

The Holt brothers, through their Holt Foundation, have worked for ten years to raise awareness about cancer and raise money for the Kids Can! Hospital Program and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was their response to the death in 1996 of their own mother, Ojetta V. Holt-Shoffner, after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Participants can register online as individuals, part of a team or sign up to be a fundraiser. Prizes will be awarded to some of the most successful fundraisers.  Walkers are encouraged to participate in honor or memory of a loved one who has dealt with cancer.

“Our whole family will be out there walking in our mom’s honor,” Terrence Holt says. “I quite often tell people that everything we’re doing now through our programs is therapeutic for us. We go and hear other people’s testimonies and share our testimonies.”

The Kids Can! program is designed to help children understand what’s going on when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. The program provides emotional support, information and the chance for children to express themselves through arts and crafts, music and group discussions.

“We were the kids who didn’t have this program,” Holt says. “We couldn’t research what our mom was going through. All we knew was fear.”

Holt says now that he and his brother, Torry, are both retired from the NFL, they hope to have more time to get involved in community efforts in Raleigh. He says it’s possible that will include another charity golf tournament.

But he hopes that people in the community, including NC State fans planning to attend the spring football game at Carter-Finley Stadium, will take part in the walk and join the battle against cancer.

“We would love for our alumni to come out and walk,” Holt says.

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