President's Message

As state president, the greatest honor is being able to bring awareness to issues that are near and dear to my heart.  Issues that I am most passionate about…issues that I hope you too will become passionate about over the next two years. 

First, “What Color is Your Cancer?….Mine is Pink and Teal”

As a 13 year breast cancer survivor, I know what it feels like to receive the call saying you have cancer.  I received that call at age 39.  I went on a yearlong journey to rid my body of the cancer and to this day have had no recurrence.  Five months into my own journey, my mother was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer, which is treated just like ovarian cancer…hence the teal.  So I not only know what it feels like to be a cancer survivor, I also know what it feels like to be a caretaker of a family member with cancer and what it feels like to lose that family member.  So I truly do understand…on all levels.

What I would like for you to do as a club is to support whichever cancer means the most to you.  You can do this by walking in Relay for Life, hosting a fashion show to raise awareness, or have a speaker to talk to your specific cancer type…just show your passion to help end this disease so that sometime in the near future no one will ever have to hear the words you have cancer…

I would like you to take time to remember those lost to this disease, but to also celebrate our survivors…and we have many….in many of our clubs across the state!
A few of the organizations I would love for our members to support either financially or in kind are listed below.  All are Non-Profit Organization’s in our state.

South Carolina Oncology Associates Cares – SCOA Cares Foundation

166 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29210

Through donations and Fundraising events, the SCOA Cares Foundation funds awards for financial assistance to cancer patients. Current awards funded are a Cat SCAN award that pays for patients to received CT Scans and PET Scans at no cost, we have a Oral drug award that, thru vouchers, patients can receive vital cancer and symptom medications, we assist with Cobra Payments for those patients currently undergoing treatment and have lost their job due to cancer, and we fund a transportation award to get patients to their treatment when they have no alternative transportation options.

Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central South Carolina
602 Meeting Street
West Columbia, South Carolina 29169

Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central South Carolina was created as an organization to educate women about this disease that continues to be a leading cause of death in women in the United States.  At this time, many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have advanced disease and require prolonged medical treatment.  We at the foundation would like to see this change so that fewer women have advanced disease and that all women have access to awareness information.
Since many women and even physicians find themselves in a position of not knowing the signs, symptoms, and risks for ovarian cancer, the Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Central South Carolina wants to become a source of valuable information for educating women in the Midlands of SC. The means of disseminating the information would be through multiple methods including media campaigns, written literature, lectures, word of mouth, and the Internet.

South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation
110B Edinburgh Court
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Mission Statement
We are dedicated to improving the health of women through education on the warning signs of ovarian cancer, support of those diagnosed with the disease and promotion of ovarian cancer research.

The second area I am very passionate about is “Dyslexia Awareness….more specifically Genna’s story”. 

Genna was in first grade when she was diagnosed with a specific learning disability – Dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a language based learning disability that affects 1 in 5 students and occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels.  People with dyslexia are often very bright and gifted in areas such as art, computer science, drama, music and sports.  In addition, dyslexia runs in families…as it does in our family.  Gary, Ashlan and Genna all have varying levels of dyslexia so left/right and hot/cold are not always the same in our house and we really don’t worry about what day it is…we just count how many sunshine’s until a certain event.
Children with Dyslexia are just like their peers – except that they learn different.  Thankfully, South Carolina is blessed with specialized schools who help the children prepare for a bright future.  Genna began attending one of those schools here in Columbia this year after…Sandhills School where accomplishments are celebrated and I know she will be fully prepared for college and a great future.
Sandhills School offers a Summer Skills Camp to all children where they can receive specialized language instruction and multi-sensory math classes.  In addition, they offer accredited teacher training during the summer.  Teachers can go through this training and take what they learn back to their home district and help teach the children how they learn.

What I would like for our clubs to do to support this part of my project is help raise funds for scholarships to the Summer Skills Camp for 2017 and 2018.  The scholarship money will be used for families that would like to send their child to the summer camp but need assistance with the cost.  In addition, I would like to see clubs identify a teacher in their specific school district that would also benefit from the training offered by Sandhills School and raise money for that teacher’s tuition.

Donations can be made to:

Sandhills School
1500 Hallbrook Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29209

The mission of Sandhills School is to provide a successful learning environment for students who learn differently and who benefit from evidence-based, multisensory instruction.

My final project is “Your State….Your Project” and the area selected by the members of GFWC-SC is the GFWC Signature Program…Domestic Violence Awareness!

Much has been done over the years to focus on Domestic Violence, but that effort really accelerated over 2014-2016 GFWC-SC Administration.  Our presence at the State House has increased through this effort and is one that we want to continue.  Domestic Violence should never be and we must continue to help those in need.  Please continue the great work you have done with the shelters in your area and reaching out and helping these women and children in need.  Know that your one act of kindness can change their life.  We must continue our fight to end Domestic Violence…