Focus on the Palmetto State

February 2018 on Sundays at 9:30 am

In our first segment we spoke with Donna Ehrlich of The Blood Connection. This non-profit blood center serves parts of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Due to our unusually cold weather and snowfall, blood donations have been affected. They are in need of all blood types at this time. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Next up we met Jamie Guay of the Alzheimer’s Association. We learned that 86,000 South Carolinians are living with this disease - that’s 11% of our seniors. South Carolina has the 8th highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the United States. This organization offers many educational programs throughout our community each month. They also offer connection events for those with cognitive impairment.

In our third segment we spoke with local author Donna Webber and her 11 year old daughter Reagan Webber. They have written a children’s book “The Allergy Adventures with Cari the Cupcake.” As many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States suffer from allergies and Reagan is one of those individuals. Together, the Webber’s share how to have voyages while living with chronic immune system hypersensitivity in their new book. Reagan was diagnosed with severe nut and dairy allergies at the age of two. One of the things they had to teach Reagan was that she wasn’t inferior just because she had to tailor her dietary needs. The Allergy Adventures with Cari the Cupcake shares that lesson with other children.

In our last segment, Eleanor Vaughn with the Greenville Literacy Association shared with us the details for their latest fundraiser on March 22 called “Bee a Better Greenville” Adult Spelling Bee. The funds raised help make sure their facilities are upgraded, that they have the proper technology to offer their students the best software, the best resources and materials. They may also use the money to train their tutors.