Chase experienced the childhood cancer world first-hand; in 2006, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, he was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer.
As a byproduct of community help and national research, Chase attests his status of six years cancer-free to a combination of the two.
Since beating cancer, Chase has had the chance to collaborate with multiple childhood cancer organizations, from local children’s hospitals to international efforts in the constant battle to help more kids. After being treated at the NC Children’s Hospital, Chase went on to work with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
In college, Chase founded BaseBald, enabling student-athletes a platform to give back to childhood cancer, which grew to connect dozens of communities and thousands of supporters to donate to childhood cancer research.
In 2013, the Office of the Governor of the State of North Carolina named Chase to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.
Chase is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a Christ follower, former collegiate baseball player with the UNC Tar Heels, and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Elizabeth Dowgin, Director of Marketing and Team Relations
Elizabeth is originally from Colorado but has lived in North Carolina since graduating from college. Elizabeth attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated in 2010 from the Presidents Leadership Program, Phi Beta Kappa. Elizabeth has a background in therapeutic recreation instruction for children with developmental disabilities. Throughout college, she worked for a nonprofit that instills leadership skills and service values in high school students along Colorado’s front range. She also instructed undergraduate fitness classes and taught college freshmen.
Following graduation, Elizabeth moved to North Carolina for the Raleigh Fellows Program, a Christian leadership development and graduate program. Elizabeth received formal theological training, served the underprivileged community, and worked part-time at StepUp Ministry.
Elizabeth graduated from the Fellows Program in 2011 and was hired to coordinate the Children’s Program at StepUp Ministry. In addition to coordinating the 5-16 year-old program, she case managed youth at home and at school. Elizabeth is passionate about working with the low-income population and building powerful relationships with youth.
Elizabeth joined the Vs. Cancer team in April of 2014 as Director of Marketing and Team Relations. The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a combination of Elizabeth’s greatest passions: youth, health, and sports. Elizabeth enjoys traveling, but calls Raleigh, North Carolina home.
Steve McKinion, Director of Operations and Family Relations
Steve has over 20 years’ experience with nonprofits and has been a Professor of Christian theology at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest since 1998.
Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Steve attended Mississippi College, the University of Mobile, and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
In 2014, the Office of the Governor of the State of North Carolina named Steve to the North Carolina Commission on Children with Special Health Needs.
He and his wife Ginger have three children. Lachlan is currently a senior in high school. Blakely is a sophomore in high school. Harrison is a seventh grader. They all attend North Raleigh Christian Academy. Steve’s great loves include coaching and umpiring.
From the unique position of being the parent of a child with cancer, Steve’s role is to help connect the Vs. Cancer Foundation and its partner churches and charities with childhood cancer patients, families, and survivors.