Spartanburg Methodist College continued a time honored tradition of giving back to the community by designating proceeds from their November 9, 2013 SMC Quack Pack 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to the Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute.
The November event was part of SMC’s Annual Alumni Weekend and the $1,065 contribution was presented to Kristy Caradori, Executive Director, Spartanburg Regional Foundation; David Church, Associate Center Director for Administration, Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute; Mary Mabry, RTR(M), Bearden-Josey Breast Health Program and Dr. Julian C. Josey, Jr., Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute by SMC students Amber Morgan and Kendall Witt, who both participated in the run.
SMC chose to present their donation in May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness for students and especially athletes of outdoor sports. “Everyone, regardless of skin color, should make staying safe in the sun a priority and incorporate sun protection measures into their daily life,” shared SMC President, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, herself a breast cancer survivor.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. However skin cancer is chiefly a lifestyle disease and is highly preventable. A reported 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. To reduce your skin cancer risk, seek shade; avoid intentional tanning; cover up with clothing; use a broad spectrum (UAV/UVB) sunscreen; routinely examine your skin and see a physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Gibbs Cancer Center has its roots deep in the Spartanburg community, from the time it was just a dream of two doctors to the world-class treatment and research center it has become today. Recognizing that cancer patients’ needs are very specific, Drs. Jay Bearden and Julian Josey began by convincing administrators at Spartanburg Regional Hospital to allow them to consolidate all existing cancer treatment and support services into a dedicated, single-floor unit, a coordinated-services approach that was virtually unheard of at the time. Soon, other physicians who shared an interest in cancer treatment – and who had professional connections in the world of regional and national cancer treatment – added their ideas and expertise to create an in-house tumor board, where a diverse group of specialists met to discuss the best treatment approaches for each new cancer patient.
Named for philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs, the Gibbs Cancer Center opened its doors in 1999. Today, in addition to Gibbs Cancer Center on the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System campus, Gibbs offers satellite locations throughout the Upstate so that patients throughout the region have access to the best clinical expertise and most advanced treatments available anywhere, without having to wait or travel far from home.
See accompanying photo: Pictured (L-R)
Kristy Caradori, Executive Director, Spartanburg Regional Foundation
Mary Mabry, RTR(M), Bearden-Josey Breast Health Program
Dr. Julian C. Josey, Jr., Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute
Amber Mogan, SMC Sophomore
Kendall Witt, SMC Freshman
David Church, Associate Center Director for Administration, Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute (and 1990 SMC Alum!)