By Laura MacPherson
Sarah McClintock loves her horse, Aly, given to her for her 11th birthday present. And Make-A-Wish of South Carolina loves to grant wishes like the one Sarah asked.
BY BUDDY WATERS
I rolled the dice and lost this year. I planted my garden March 15 and proudly announced that I thought I had beaten the frost. On April 12 a hailstorm left me with a half acre of bare dirt and empty tomato cages. So much for outsmarting Mother Nature. We replanted on April 20 and I saw the first sprouts this morning. The tomatoes survived two near misses with frost, and we're on our way.
Greer got something way better than a shot in the arm from the doctor’s office today.
The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham celebrated a groundbreaking, forced indoors by rain, for a $7 million, 10,000-square foot facility offering radiation and medical oncology in one location. The Cancer Center will employ 15-20 associates when it opens in spring 2013.
Nancy Welch and Greenville Hospital System colorectal surgeon George Blestel are hosting a free seminar for a discussion about colon cancer – and how a routine colonoscopy saved Nancy’s life.
The seminar is noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Greenville Marriott at 1 Parkway East. Lunch is provided, but registration is required. To register, call 1-877-447-4636 or visit ghs.org/360healthed.
The Gibbs Cancer Center at Pelham groundbreaking is scheduled Thursday at 10 a.m. The cancer center, which will mirror the Gibbs Center at Spartanburg Regional, will be built on the left side of the Village Hospital and have a walking bridge connecting both buildings.
A $6 million Gibbs Center facility was opened in Gaffney recently to serve Cherokee County cancer patients. The Greer facility will offer patients the same multidisciplinary care available at the Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center.
Wilson, a Maltese mix puppy, gets an eye exam from Army Capt. Brooke Henderson, left, while Sgt. Andrew King holds him during the procedure in Nome, Alaska. Henderson, a veterinarian, is assigned to the 993rd Medical Detachment, U.S. Army Reserves, and King is assigned to the 949th Medical Detachment.
Army veterinarians are also are responsible for providing care to Military Working Dogs, ceremonial horses, working animals of many Department of Homeland Security organizations, and pets owned by service members.
The Greer Community Ministries Senior Expo is scheduled Saturday at Praise Cathedral Church of God from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is free. Lunch, catered by Fatz, is $3.
Exhibitors will be focused on providing seniors and their caregivers information about services that are available throughout the community. Sessions on Alzheimer’s, Social Security and diabetes will be featured. Participants are invited to ask questions during all sessions and exhibitors.
Greer Earth Day Run scheduled Saturday features a 5K, 10K and half marathon. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. with the 10K at 7:30 a.m., 5K at 8 a.m. and kids run at 9 a.m.
Runners can begin picking up race day packets today at noon at City Hall.
Every heart survivor has a mental baseball card of facts and statistics.
They can tell you the date of their heart event, the hospital the procedure was done, how many stents or bypasses were performed, the percentage of the blockage of arteries, the length of their hospital stay and the days of their rehabilitation before they returned to work.
Thousands of residents came to Greer City Park this morning to participate in the Upstate Heart Walk. Health and food vendors were distributing information and food to emphasize a healthy lifestyle.
Many of the walkers were heart survivors and shared their stories with GreerToday.com. They will be published later this evening with photos.
A “Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis” symposium is scheduled Saturday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the T.D. Convention Center in Greenville. The free public event will provide practical information, research updates and motivation.
Greenville Hospital System (GHS) is teaming with the Parkinson's Support Group of the Upstate and the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society to host the event.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of Americans, affecting one in three people, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And, the problem may be getting worse, as a new study from the AHA predicts that those who have heart disease are expected to increase to more than 40 percent of Americans by 2030.
This prediction doesn’t have to be reality.
Greer City Park will host the Upstate Heart Walk Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the 1 or 3-mile walk beginning at 10 a.m. The heart expo, entertainment and awards will take place before the walks.
The American Heart Association's event raises funds to save lives from the no. 1 and no. 3 killers - heart disease and stroke – in the United States. The walk is to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
Dotti and Wayne Morrow tended to their plot at the community garden today. It had been two weeks since the garden, with the land provided by Greer Memorial Hospital, had plots cleaned of rocks and debris.
The Morrows took advantage of the sunny, warm weather today to check on the soil that had been deluged by rain on Thursday night. One week earlier heavy rains during the weekend prevented the gardeners to get in some preparation and planting.
Village Hospital Events
Diabetes Self-management Education
Residents of the Upstate have an opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Gibbs Cancer Center during Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Thursday, May 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.