Congratulations to all our amazing chefs for a very successful CHOP! Cancer!
And check some of our chefs out during their rehearsals - they had a ball!
Text-to-vote code: FRI
Fritzi’s personal history with cancer is like many survivors. It does not begin with her own diagnosis but rather witnessing firsthand the amazing and inspiring treatment struggles of several close friends. When Fritzi was diagnosed in early 2015 with ovarian cancer, she was shocked and still tells people she was/is the healthiest cancer patient anyone knows! Sure that God had a larger purpose in her course of treatment, she lives every day to help dispel people’s preconceived notions of cancer.
Claiming Virginia as home and having been raised in Wiesbaden Germany, Fritzi is the Broker-in-Charge at C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS North Pleasantburg Drive location. She has been very active in the REALTOR trade organization, having served as the President of both the South Carolina REALTORS and Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS and in active roles at the national level. She believes that her treatment during 2015, the same year she was the visible President of the South Carolina REALTORS, allowed her to raise awareness, share symptom cards, and model survivors’ resolve to the 20,000 members of the organization in a way not available to many people.
And for that, along with the amazing outpouring of support she received, she is thankful.
Fritzi and her husband Steve live on acreage and a turf runway in Simpsonville with their pilot neighbors, 10 hens, three rescue rabbits, three dozen koi, and a spoiled cat. When not adventure traveling, they enjoy gardening and sharing their outdoor space with friends and family.
Text-to-vote code: PHI
Phil and his wife Mignon are both natives of Memphis, TN and after moving to Australia in 1990, they relocated to Greenville in 1994 and have been happy to call it home for the last 23 years. They have two children that call Greenville home as well. For the last 20 years, Phil has been co-owner and President of Eastern Trading Company. Phil and his business partner, Jordan Lea, have not only worked together but enjoy cooking together with family and friends whenever they get the chance. Phil has been active with several community organizations but holds close to him his volunteer work at Meals on Wheels since 2002. Phil is an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoys fishing of any kind, anywhere.
Cancer unfortunately has been a part of Phil's life for many years. He lost both his mother and father to the disease in 1997, Mignon lost her father to the disease in 2015, and Phil survived his own bout with cancer in 1994. Phil is proud to be a part of CHOP! Cancer 2017 and is looking forward to the culinary competition to help raise money for the Cancer Survivors Park. “Cancer teaches us a lot about not only our loved ones who so bravely fight it, but about ourselves as survivors as well. The Park is a fabulous tribute to those that lost the battle and great gift to the community of survivors and I am delighted to be a part of this event.”
Text-to-vote code: SUS
The Upstate has been home to Susan Christian the majority of her life. She is one of six girls and lives in Simpsonville with her husband, Steve and two sons, Joe and Will. After 25 years in the business form industry, she worked in fundraising, had a small boutique and is currently a stay-at-home mom. She spent the last four years actively involved with the Greenville High School Red Raider football and rugby teams that her son played on. She also volunteers at Langston Charter Middle School where her younger son attends.
Susan’s best friend of 30 years, Bobbie Nicholson, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in November of 2012. She lost her courageous and hard fought battle three years later. Susan closed her boutique and spent the majority of her free time with her, taking her to doctors’ appointments and chemo treatments. Soon after Bobbie’s death, Susan started The Bobbie Nicholson Giving Circle with friends and family as a way to give back to local charities in her name. This group has been known around the community as “Team Bobbie,” which originated from her daughter’s Mauldin High School Cheerleading Squad.
Susan is excited to cook in CHOP! Cancer and continues to support the Cancer Survivors Park through her Giving Circle. In addition to Bobbie, Susan also is doing this event in honor of her father-in-law, Dr. Joe Christian, who passed away six years ago from stomach cancer, her mother, Evelyn Allred, who has survived a short stint with breast cancer, and a special friend, Diane DeMasi Meagher, who has battled more than one cancer and continues to persevere.
Text-to-vote code: JIM
Dr. Dant currently serves as Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. He is a southerner by birth and rearing – born in Mississippi, elementary school in Arkansas, high school in Kentucky, and attended Georgia State University. Graduate studies took him to Louisville, Atlanta, Princeton, and the University of the West Indies. But he’s a west-coaster by nature and spends most of his vacation days in California or Nevada. In Jim’s spare time, he is a conference speaker, author of multiple books and articles, guitarist, Hebrew geek, art lover, father of three incredible daughters, grandfather of a beautiful granddaughter… and a semi-professional poker player!
One of Jim’s greatest passions, however, has been raising money as an athlete with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. He has completed multiple marathons, cycling events, and triathlons – including the Ironman – and has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research and patient assistance. All four of Jim’s parents died of cancer. (Not many people can say that.) Jim’s biological mother died at 44, his biological father died at 56, and both of his adoptive parents died in their 60s. As a pastor, Jim also walks with many parishioners as their lives are touched by this disease. Prayer is a great source of healing, but Jim is committed to the Leukemia Lymphoma’s Society’s Team in Training and to CHOP! Cancer in the continued fight against this disease.
Text-to-vote code: HUN
Hunter Garrett is a native of the upstate of South Carolina and graduated from The Citadel with a degree in Business Administration. Hunter has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1993 and is currently a Principal with NAI Earle Furman. He specializes in industrial and investment properties as well as development projects. Hunter has been active in several local community organizations including The Red Cross, Metropolitan Arts Council, Caine Halter YMCA, Coastal Conservation Association, and Meals on Wheels.
Hunter and his wife Aimee have three children, Rhett, a senior at Greenville High, Mary Hunter, a sophomore at Greenville High and Hampton, a fifth-grader at Sara Collins Elementary. They enjoy hunting, fishing, skiing and being active outdoors.
Hunter is honored to participate in CHOP! Cancer this year and excited to be in the kitchen cooking for his grandfather, who passed away many years ago after battling bone cancer.
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.”
Text-to-vote code: ALL“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” - Stewart Scott
Allison is a Greenville native and proud graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in English with a minor in Theater. After graduating from Clemson, she received a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Greenville Technical College and began her medical career in Ultrasound at GHS.
For the past 22 years, Allison has worked as a Registered Sonographer and worked in corporate ultrasound sales for the last 20 of those years. Currently, she works for GE Healthcare as a Senior Clinical Sales Specialist for the Women’s Health & Urology division. Allison also facilitates ultrasound classes nationally for the American Urology Association and is a member of AIUM and SDMS. Working with the AUA for the last two years, she has gained a renewed sense of importance for Prostate Cancer diagnosis and awareness for men.
Allison and her husband, Billy, have five children together. John Sullivan and four adult children, Billy, Charlie, Griffin and Addison Goldsmith. They enjoy being on the water at the lake or beach, visiting Asheville regularly, and cooking together in their new kitchen. The Goldsmiths adore their many animals, a healthy Clemson-Carolina in-home rivalry, and yard work. They also enjoy binge watching cooking shows, and Allison’s favorites include, Bobby Flay, Ree Drummond and, of course, Trisha Yearwood!
It is well known that Allison enjoys being on the stage, singing or dancing...and now, COOKING! She is honored to participate in such a great event that celebrates the life of ALL affected by cancer and funds such a meaningful space in our community. Allison dedicates her participation to all of her family members and friends who have battled cancer and, specifically, her childhood friend, Molly Achille, diagnosed with Breast Cancer a few months ago.
Text-to-vote code: KEV
A native of South Carolina, Kevin Keller is a plastic surgeon with Upstate Plastic Surgery, a practice he founded in 1998. He is a graduate of Wofford College and the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a general surgery residency in Spartanburg and a fellowship in Plastic Surgery in Kentucky. Dr. Keller is also the inventor of the Keller Funnel, a device used to deliver silicone breast implants into a surgical site.
In addition to a busy practice and career, Dr. Keller is an active member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, a member of the New Beginnings Sunday school class, and an avid family man. With his wife of 27 years, Dr. Tamela Keller, Dr. Keller has two children: Garrett, who will graduate from the University of Georgia in December, and Kate, who is a rising senior at Greenville High. Dr. Keller’s free time is spent with family and friends, travelling, and any outdoor activity involving water. He also enjoys art projects and most recently published his long-term venture, “The Hidden Legacy, Discovery of Ocaba,” the first book of a high-fantasy fiction trilogy.
the years, Dr. Keller has been involved with the treatment of many
breast cancer patients and feels that the opportunity to travel this
journey with them has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his
career. It is in honor of these patients and their families that he is
participating in this year’s CHOP! Cancer event.
Text-to-vote code: LYN
Lynda Leventis-Wells received her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Education in Guidance and Educational Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She has over thirty years of professional management experience in the educational, law enforcement, coaching and instructional fields. Lynda has received numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding leadership qualities and her support of the Law Enforcement and Educational communities. The prestigious Order of the Palmetto Award was conferred upon Lynda Leventis-Wells by Governor Nikki Haley in August 2012.
Lynda is honored to participate as a chef in this year’s CHOP! Cancer. Hopefully, all of her years working at the Greek Festival and her family history of restaurants will have prepared her for the task ahead. The Cancer Survivors Park is dear to her. Lynda’s “YiaYia” Bess Manos (1st Pete's in 1925) had pancreatic cancer, her Thea (Aunt) Dena Efstration (Charlie's Steakhouse) had colon cancer and her Uncle Jim Manos and Uncle Mike Melehes (Open Hearth) both had lung cancer. They all fought a hard fight and left us with many fond memories of their courage, strength, and love. Her Uncle, Dr. Pete Manos, is doing well after battling colon and prostate cancer.
When Alan and Lynda’s children, Katrina and Jonathan, are home, they always take Duke (black lab) and Auggie (chihuahua) for a walk to the Cancer Survivors Park. It’s peaceful, healing, and absolutely beautiful!
Text-to-vote code: BRA
Bradley McCrary was born and raised in Greenville. After graduation, he moved back to the area to take a job with William Barnet & Son LLC, a privately held Global manufacturing, recycling, and trading company, specializing in a wide range of fibers, polymers and yarns. His job has moved him to North Carolina, back to Greenville then to work in their Shanghai China office from 2006-2009. Returning to Greenville, he met his wife Lauren through a dear friend and now has two children, Gibson and Ellie. His work allows him to travel extensively while keeping his roots in the upstate. His passion for life, people, and music has set him up for success in the business that he’s been associated with for close to 15 years.
Weeks after returning home from China, his mother Esta (Essie) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a courageous seven-year fight, they lost sweet Essie in January 2016.
Bradley notes, “Turning a negative into a positive is sometimes difficult in these situations but you learn to deal. CSPA mission statement hits home, engaging, educating, empowering and enhancing the lives of anyone touched by cancer. I will forever be grateful for those who helped me and my family during this time. I am here to have fun, cook and remember the lives of my mother, Esta Bradley McCrary, and Lauren’s mother, Debbie Martin.”
Text-to-vote code: CED
Dr. Cedrek McFadden is a colorectal surgeon with the Greenville Health System and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He is a member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Greenville Medical Society, and the Levi S. Kirkland Society. He proudly serves as a mentor to medical students and residents and is a deeply passionate teacher to his patients and to the community. He has delivered many presentations and lectures around the state relating to health, wellness, and in particular, raising the awareness of colorectal cancer.
When he is not performing his clinical duties, Dr. McFadden enjoys running and spending time with his family. He also enjoys writing and blogging on his website, cedrekmd.com. He has been interviewed and quoted in numerous local and national media outlets including Dr. Oz: The Good Life, FoxNews.com, Reader’s Digest, and Essence Magazine.
Taking care of countless patients and families who have been affected by cancer, he aims to fill each patient encounter with sincerity, compassion, and gratitude for the opportunity to serve.
Text-to-vote code: ZAN
Zane Meadors is co-founder of the Kirby+Zane Real Estate team at Keller Williams Greenville Upstate. He and his business partner, Kirby Bridwell, together have more than 20 years of experience in residential real estate sales and new home development. Previously, Zane worked in commercial real estate and business development in construction, architecture, and healthcare.
A life-long Greenville resident, Zane is well-known for his family's iconic restaurant Meadors Sandwich Company founded by his grandfather and great uncle in 1946. Zane and his father ran the business for seventeen years and, at one point, had four locations in the Greenville area. In addition to his restaurant experience, Zane and his twin brother Jason started Meadors Peanuts after college, serving boiled peanuts at concert and sports venues across the Upstate for many years.
Zane is active in his community having served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Grace Church Downtown, the Home Builders Association of Greenville, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and Young Entrepreneurs Organization. He and his wife, Carter (Development & Resource Coordinator for the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance), have three children who attend Pelham Road Elementary School. Zane is an avid reader and an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking and camping. He is thrilled to get back to his restaurant roots by participating in the third CHOP! Cancer event in memory of his mother-in-law Berkeley Haynsworth Little, who was lost to pancreatic cancer in 2010.
Text-to-vote code: FAH
Dr. Fahd Quddus currently serves as Medical Director of Cellular Collections and Apheresis programs at Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology, and completed his specialty training from University Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha NE. His interests include various hematologic malignancies including lymphoproliferative disorders, and plasma cell dycrasias such as multiple myeloma. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and skiing.
Text-to-vote code: MAG
Maggie Rawlins Douglas was born and raised in Greenville. After graduating from Greenville High School in 2010, she studied two years at the College of Charleston and later transferred into a nursing program in Charlotte, NC. Upon graduating from nursing school and passing her boards, she moved back to Charleston and worked as an RN at MUSC. During this time, she had an opportunity to sign with a talent agency in 2015 and has since worked full time as a model with agencies in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and Berlin.
Maggie was married in 2016 to George Douglas, who also grew up in Greenville. She and George now live in Charleston, SC and spend most of their off time with their black lab, Bailey, out on the boat.
Maggie is honored to be part of CHOP! Cancer to celebrate the life of her cousin, Lindsey Bates Motley, who passed away at 29 after a valiant fight with colorectal cancer. Maggie was one of thousands inspired by the way that Lindsey faced the darkest times in her life with grace, courage and strength and makes it a priority each day to look at life the way that Lindsey did.
“I’m thankful to be living in our wonderful world, enjoying each day as it comes. I have never appreciated life as much as I do now. We never know the cards we’ll be dealt the next day, so play your best hand while you can.” - Lindsey Bates Motley, 2013
Text-to-vote code: CAR
Carlton Schwab, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. Dr. Schwab received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at MUSC in Charleston. Dr. Schwab cared for gynecologic oncology patients, both in the Upstate and in Charleston, during his residency and was drawn to helping patients with cancer. After completing a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Schwab and his family moved to Greenville in 2016 where he became a welcome addition to the Gibbs gynecologic oncology team and Medical Group of the Carolinas. Currently, Dr. Schwab has three office locations: Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute in Spartanburg, the Gibbs facility near Pelham Medical Center in Greer, and at Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center at Millennium in Greenville.
Dr. Schwab believes that being a gynecologic oncologist involves much more than treating cancer. He is devoted to the importance of treating the whole person and not just their disease. His objective is to listen and engage in compassionate dialogue with his patients and their families in order to understand them and use a personalized approach to their care. Dr. Schwab is truly honored to participate in an event like CHOP! Cancer that promotes cancer awareness, care and survivorship in the Greenville community and Upstate South Carolina. He is proud to support the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance and their incredible mission to ‘engage, educate, empower and enhance the lives of anyone touched by cancer. ‘
home, Dr. Schwab and his wife, Leigh, enjoy many outdoor activities,
cooking and keeping busy with their four-year-old twins.
Text-to-vote code: DEB
A native of Columbia, SC, Debra Strange is a former commercial illustrator, working in retail fashion, ad agency projects, and Riverbanks Zoo magazine. Debra has been a community volunteer for the last 15 years, serving as a volunteer for the Clemson Master Gardener program as well as the Greenville County Art Museum. She has been a member volunteer for the Guild of the Greenville Symphony, serving as President for 2015-2017. She is an incoming board member for The Warehouse Theatre. In addition to volunteerism, Debra enjoys working in a large garden and making unique jewelry She is also a creative home chef, recently beginning a series of cooking classes in her home.
A recent breast cancer survivor, Debra is dedicated to helping people learn to eat healthy. On a mission for better personal health, Debra is a committed weightlifter and member of the UltraFit Fitness Program.
Text-to-vote code: TIB
With the exception of collegiate stints in Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA and a brief spell on a farm in Salina, KS, Tiby has lived her entire life in Greenville. She loves this town and revels in the progress she has witnessed in the decades she has called it home.
Tiby has been in retail in one form or another since she was six. It began with a non-paying (and therefore quite legal) job at Meyers-Arnold Department store where her first boss was the General Manager – and her father. She still believes in the community spirit and impact of local retailing and has been the partner of and now owner of Gage’s specialty store for 34 years. She does not yet have an Amazon Prime account.
The passion for a sense of community and contribution to it prompted her involvement as a volunteer through the years with the Junior League, the Warehouse Theatre, Mental Health America of Greenville County, and Trees Greenville. She has also delivered for Meals on Wheels on the very same route for 33 years. Delivering meals may be more of her strong suit than preparing them but she is willing to give it a go on behalf of such a worthy cause. She has known and adored many folks who have battled cancer ferociously. It is her fervent wish to fight the good fight anyway she can in honor of their tenacity and courage.
Text-to-vote code: ROS
Rosylin Weston is the VP of Communications for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. She and her husband Jeff are parents of two adult children, a son Nelson and a daughter McKenzie.
Officially diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer on April 6, 2015, Rosylin says, “My fight actually began a few weeks earlier when I’d accidentally discovered a lump in my left breast. On a Saturday evening a few weeks before, while using my iPad to search for the perfect family vacation, the edge of my open iPad happened to press on just the right spot and I felt a little lump that I had not felt before. This little lump was not detected during my last mammogram just 7 ½ weeks prior and had the edge of my open iPad been a little farther to the left or right, it may not have been discovered for many more months.
“Instead of screaming “Why me” or Why this,” I quietly prayed, Lord I don’t know what this is, if anything, but I do know this; if you just keep your promise to not leave me, I will be alright.” He didn’t leave me; he carried me through two surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy and 33 radiation treatments. I am a Conqueror!
“Today, I am cancer-free and standing on the promises made in Psalms 27. Even though I consider myself a Conqueror rather than a Survivor, I am thrilled to do whatever I can do to help ensure that the Cancer Survivors Park becomes a reality. Cancer respects no one and knows no boundaries. I believe the Cancer Survivors Park will be a special place where we can all make a stand against cancer by sharing our journey and our healing.”
Text-to-vote code: JOH
John Zimmerman serves as a sales representative and lead program manager for Hilton Displays - a national sign manufacturer and project management firm based out of Greenville. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of larger re-branding initiatives throughout the country. Prior to his career with Hilton Displays, John worked with Nautilus Capital, LLC and BB&T and is a graduate of its Management Development Program, and as a Vice President and commercial loan officer with Cornerstone National Bank.
A graduate of both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, this native Greenvillian is passionate about the history and future of both our state and this community. He is honored and humbled to be a participant in the third CHOP! Cancer. Cancer has touched many people close to him, though none hit home quite as hard as losing his best friend, T.R. Keith, to melanoma in 2012. T.R. left behind a wife, two very young children, and many friends.
Many years ago, John planted a native American Elm as a seedling in his front yard, and many years later, this tree – which is somehow resistant to the Ascomycota disease which wiped out 75% of the species in the 20th century – has thrived. His friend T.R. was always in awe of how grand it had become from such small beginnings. This tree serves a constant reminder to John of his dear friend as well as the toll which cancer takes. It also gives him hope that we will one day discover the secret to our own resistance to such a deadly disease.