The Southern Legends’ fourteenth Spartanburg Regional Hospice Ride will take place
on Aug. 24.
Going ‘the extra mile’
By Baker Maultsby
Content provided courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare
It’s an event the Southern Legends motorcycle club looks forward
to all year – their Spartanburg Regional Hospice Ride.
“I enjoy watching so many people
come out to the event,” said club treasurer Sandy Bass.
Along with the Southern Legends,
local motorcycle enthusiasts and other clubs from around the Upstate support the annual ride.
Southern Legends’ fourteenth Spartanburg Regional Hospice Ride will take place on Aug. 24. Registration starts at 8:30
a.m., and the ride begins at 10 a.m.
The ride, which is escorted by police, will start at the
Spartanburg Shrine Club on Fernwood Glendale Road and take participants through eastern Spartanburg County and portions of
Cherokee and Union counties.
Tickets are $25. Participants will receive a T-shirt and lunch and
auction follow the ride.
“The Southern Legends are a phenomenal group – kind-hearted,
compassionate and hardworking – and for the fourteenth year in a row, they are going above and beyond to support Spartanburg
Regional Hospice by raising money and awareness,” said Gina De La Cruz Turcotte, director of philanthropy and hospice
division liaison with Spartanburg Regional Foundation.
Proceeds from the ride will support the
Foundation’s Hospice Special Needs Fund. This fund benefits Spartanburg Regional Hospice patients and their families
in numerous ways.
It helps patients who qualify financially with medications, as well as basic
household supplies. The fund also supports the purchase of pre-prepared meals for patients and their families at Thanksgiving
and Easter so they can enjoy a special time together without the stress and cost of planning and cooking a large meal.
Hospice staff members use the fund to help families celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries
“The support means so much to the patients and families we serve. In all
areas of our work, it enables us to go the extra mile, and we are truly grateful to all those who give,” said Kim Ross,
director of Spartanburg Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.
The Southern Legends are friends
of the hospice program, Ross said. Several members have had loved ones in the hospice program’s care. As a group, the
Southern Legends have embraced the mission of hospice.
The club has been largest donor to the
Hospice Special Needs Fund among civic organizations.
“Their total contributions exceed
$155,000,” Turcotte said. “What an honor it has been to get to know the club members and work with them on this
For more information, contact Spartanburg Regional Foundation director
of philanthropy Gina Turcotte at 864-560-6725.
Preparing for a medical emergency
People are often not prepared for an emergency — especially when it involves medical and end-of-life planning.
“Even with young, healthy people, they need to begin discussing their end-of-life care and designate someone
who can make decisions on their behalf,” said Garrett Snipes, MD, hospice and palliative care physician for Spartanburg
Regional Healthcare System.
To help prepare the community, Spartanburg Regional Hospice
has received a $412,500 advanced care planning grant from The Duke Endowment.
grant funds will be used to promote end-of-life planning through community awareness with events and education.
Advance care planning includes designating your power of attorney and completing a living will. A medical power of
attorney (health care proxy/agent) allows someone the patient trusts to make decisions about medical care in a matter that
has been previously discussed. It is not uncommon for a patient to lose the capacity to make decisions during a chronic illness
or while in the hospital.
“The worst time to have these kinds of conversations is
in the midst of a health crisis, and we see that all the time. The best remedy is to have discussions before an illness or
injury occurs,” Dr. Snipes said.
A person never knows when a tragedy or illness can
strike. Spartanburg Regional Hospice has set its eyes on preparing the community to communicate their healthcare wishes.
“Advance care planning can help people make informed decisions early on, and then receive the type of treatment
that matches their needs, circumstances and preferences,” said Lin Hollowell, director of The Duke Endowment’s
Health Care program area. “The Endowment supported this community-wide initiative to increase awareness of the important
role advance directives can play in making health care choices.”
Based in Charlotte
and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that
strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and
enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.7 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with
Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.
The South Carolina 4-H Team and South Carolina FFA Team and their coaches/advisers pose
together during the National WHEP Contest at the Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City, Kansas, July 14-17. Pictured are,
from left: Mallory Dailey, Sarah Ebenhack, Chance Parker, Sophie Cox, Chase Greene, Stephen Schutt, Sydney Gambrell, Chase
Land, Blake Berry, Shawn Underwood, Julianna Hernandez and Gina Spear. Image Credit: Clemson University
South Carolina youth put wildlife habitat knowledge to test at national competition
Steven Bradley, Media Relations, Clemson University
Junction City, Kansas - As one of two states in the nation with both a 4-H and Future Farmers of
America (FFA) team in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program Contest (WHEP) and with both teams posting stellar scores,
South Carolina’s young people made their mark on the national stage after an extended absence.
the first time in more than 20 years, South Carolina had two teams compete in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program
Contest at the Rock Springs 4-H Center in Junction City July 14-17. Its FFA squad finished in first place in the FFA division
with a score of 277.36 while South Carolina 4-H finished third place in the 4-H division with a score of 301.56.
“The future of wildlife conservation is in good hands,” said Oconee County 4-H agent Mallory Dailey.
“Where else can you find over 70 youth from across the country representing their states at the highest level and putting
their wildlife knowledge to the test?”
The Wildlife Habitat Education Program is a natural
resources program aimed to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to youth ages 9-18 and providing them the opportunity
to make real-life wildlife management decisions and exposing them to potential careers in wildlife management.
All told, 17 teams of three to four youth from 15 states tested their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition.
Sydney Gambrell of the South Carolina FFA team said traveling to Kansas was an eye-opening experience because of
the opportunity to see a different ecoregion outside of her home state.
“I became involved
because I enjoy being able to take knowledge learned in the classroom, such as South Carolina wildlife and biology, and apply
it to real life scenarios,” she said. “Some of my favorite moments were simply exploring the tallgrass prairie
found in Junction City, Kansas, with my teammates. I would encourage any curious student to participate in the Wildlife Habitat
Education Program for the opportunity to not only become more knowledgeable on their state’s wildlife, but also to work
as a team with fellow students.”
South Carolina had eight youth from Anderson, Oconee and
Pickens counties representing the state, along with their four coaches and advisers. The South Carolina 4-H team was comprised
of members from Oconee County 4-H: Sophie Cox, Sarah Ebenhack, Chase Land and Shawn Underwood. The South Carolina FFA team
was comprised of Pendleton High School FFA members Gambrell, Chase Greene, Julianna Hernandez and Chance Parker.
“I chose to become involved with the program because I’ve always been very interested in wildlife, and
particularly birds and other animals,” said Cox, the highest scoring individual for South Carolina 4-H. “I enjoyed
it immensely; it was a really valuable experience from the perspective of being able to learn about not just the biology of
the animals, which was my favorite part, but also how to manage them. The trip was also very fun. There were so many different
activities we could do there, the competition was also very interesting and then just seeing the other people who were there
doing it was a valuable experience.”
Along with Dailey, Oconee County Parks and Recreation
Superintendent Stephen Schutt, Oconee County Parks and Recreation park ranger Gina Spear and Pendleton FFA adviser Blake Berry
helped prepare and train the kids to compete at the national contest.
Both teams earned the right
to compete at nationals with their performance at the South Carolina State Wildlife Habitat Education Program Contest in April
at the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield. The contest was held in conjunction with Clemson Extension, Clemson University
department of forestry and environmental conservation and private industries.
But, according to
Dailey, the trip wasn’t all about fierce competition.
“While out in Kansas, youth
had the opportunity to explore one of the last remaining areas of tallgrass prairie in the entire world,” she said.
“The tallgrass prairie once covered over 170 million acres and now less than 4 percent of its historical range remains.”
The contest took place in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, which is home to the first land-grant university in the
United States: Kansas State. The primary land-grant institution in South Carolina, Clemson is charged with improving the quality
of life of South Carolinians by providing unbiased, research-based information through an array of public outreach programs,
such as the 4-H program for youth development.
Dailey said not only did the team members learn
from some of the top extension wildlife specialists in the country, but they also saw many new wildlife species and plant
species that are not found in South Carolina.
“Preparing for a wildlife contest that features
species like greater prairie chickens and ring-necked pheasants was not the easiest,” she said. “Not surprisingly,
there are not many prairies left in South Carolina and we had to use our imagination a bit to picture the vast rolling hills
of grasslands from ‘Little House on the Prairie’ or the old computer game ‘Oregon Trail.’ Thankfully,
we were able to utilize the Piedmont Prairie Garden of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens for practice before we headed
out to Kansas.”
And while the South Carolina group visited the nation’s first land-grant
university, they also had the chance to experience many other firsts — most of the team had never been to Kansas prior
to the trip and many had never even been on a plane before. Along the way, they experienced some adventures along the way,
such as eating Kansas City barbecue and visiting the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
importantly, by participating in a program like WHEP, the kids are exposed to a new career path and gain an appreciation for
wildlife and their habitat,” Dailey said. “They also learn a little more about the Cooperative Extension Service
and the opportunities that are out there for youth who are interested in the outdoors and wildlife. It certainly will not
be 20 years until the next time that South Carolina has a team participate in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program
Contest and we hope to leave our mark next year.”