Sarah Beattie,works alongside her husband and Greenville native, Pace Beattie, to manage Southern Om Hot Yoga and their two Greenville locations. She is currently in treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer, having first been diagnosed in 2013 and again in late 2018. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2015.
Sarah’s strong belief in the mind-body-spirit connection carries her through her current battle with cancer and serves to inspire others affected by this disease.
Sarah is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and is a Certified Baptiste Instructor. She has also received specialty training in the Art of Assisting and in Yin Yoga. Sarah finds a regular yoga and meditation practice to be incredibly important to maintaining a positive mind during survivorship. “I believe that when we can create space for mental clarity and gratitude, we can cope more effectively with the ups and downs with having a cancer diagnosis. Sarah hopes to be able to participate and one day lead yoga classes similar to the one held during the Cancer Survivors Park opening weekend.
Sarah first learned of the Cancer Survivors Park through her Leadership Greenville classmate Jay Motley, widower of Lindsay Bates Motley. Sarah and Jay were participating in LG at the time of Lindsay’s diagnosis and like many in Greenville, Sarah was incredibly moved by Lindsay’s grace and bravery during her battle with colon cancer. After attending the dedication at Lindsay’s Leap of Faith and learning of the plans for the park that she immediately shared with her husband a desire for them to be involved somehow and in some way.
The opportunity to participate in Chop Cancer was a Universe moment when Pace reached out to former Christ Church School classmate and Executive Director Kay Roper in the wake of Sarah’s recent recurrence to see how they could be involved. A self-proclaimed ‘terrible cook’ – Sarah is excited about the opportunity to join her team and hopefully pick up some valuable culinary skills while raising funds for the park that is just walking distance from her home and a place of hope for herself, her family and all in Greenville who are survivors.
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Mrs. Barber is the Owner and Chief Operating Officer of BarberWind Turbines, LLC where she provides the vision and leadership to ensure the operational and financial strength of the company while bringing their exciting new wind turbine technology to market domestically and internationally. The BWT800kW turbine is designed to stand alone economically, for microgrid and Distributed Wind applications. Third party calculations confirm BWT will produce energy at 2.3¢ per kWh without any tax incentives or government subsidies. https://barberwindturbines.com/
Prior to BarberWind Turbines, Tammy owned Moxie Equestrian, Inc., where she provided strategic sales and marketing direction which propelled the company into being recognized as an international brand. Moxie Equestrian products were worn by Kentucky Derby winners, Kentucky Oaks winners, Breeder’s Cup World Champions, professional riders, champion riders, everyday riders, and one of the Scandinavian Royal Families. She sold the company in 2010.
Beyond her professional commitments, Tammy has had extensive volunteer board work in Greenville, South Carolina including: Executive Committee of the Poinsett Club Board of Governors (current), Chair of the Poinsett Club House Committee (2017), South Carolina Arts Commission Foundation Board of Directors (current), South Carolina Film Commission Advisory Board (current), Senior Action Board of Directors (2015 – 2018), Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Foundation (2007 – 2015), St. Francis Fellow (2011), St. Francis Society (current), Artisphere Board of Directors (2007 – 2015), Chair of the Artisphere Performing Arts Committee (2011 – 2012), BeachBall Foundation Co-Founder and Board of Directors (2004 – 2009), Greenville Professional Women’s Forum (2010 – 2015), President Greenville Professional Women’s Forum (2014), Roper Mountain Science Center Association, South Carolina Ballet Board of Directors (2000 – 2004),
Mrs. Barber has chaired numerous large events such as the 2008 Greenville Symphony Diamond Jubilee Black & White Ball and the 2011 U.S. Navy SEAL Tribute Gala.
Tammy attended Furman University where she majored in vocal music performance. She is a twenty-seven-year veteran of the stage, performing in over sixty-five productions carrying over thirty lead roles. Tammy won the 1992 Greenville Little Theater OSCAR for Female Supporting Lead in American Beauty, is an award-winning choreographer, the 2015 Dancing with the Carolina Stars Champion, the 2015 DWCS Fundraising Superstar, and the 2018 Hotlanta -The Classic Bronze Ballroom Champion.
Her professional awards and achievements include the 2002 Ahold Global Advertising & Promotions Crown Award, 2002 BI-LO Outstanding Achiever Award (awarded to the top three associates annually from 27,000 associates in five states), 2003 Best of Show ADDY Award (Greenville Ad Club) Advertising for the Arts Campaign, 2003 Gold ADDY Award – Logo/Trademark, 2003 Gold ADDY Award – Arts Campaign, 2003 Gold ADDY Award – Arts Print, 2003 Silver ADDY Award – Arts Stationary Package – Mechanic, 2003 Silver ADDY Award – Arts Stationary Package – Pool Hall.
Tammy enjoys fine dining, cooking, fine wines, international travel, musical theatre, singing, dancing, acting, world events, and geopolitics. She married her husband Jerry in 2003 in Turtle Island, Fiji; together they have six children and eight grandchildren.
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Since 1981, Charles Brewer has worked at the Poinsett Club, and is currently enjoying his 37th year of service as Operations Manager and Wine Director. His responsibilities include management of all dining, beverage, and bar services, all service staff, wine dinners and tastings, and ensuring membership satisfaction. His first and only job has been at the Club where he began working at the age of 16 as the pot washer after school. Over the next 19 years, he was promoted from the steward to the chef gormange. Subsequently he became the Su-Chef where he won two medals in hot food competitions. In 1999, he was promoted to front of the house Dining Room Manager, a position he held for five years. In 2005, he became the Operations Manager and Wine Director at the Club.
In addition, Charles is a certified wine expert and has traveled extensively to the Carneros Wine Region including Sonoma, Napa, and Carmel, California, as well as France, Italy and Germany, to become more knowledgeable about wine. In 2008, he spent sixteen days on an educational trip to Europe. Future trips include Argentina, Australia, Chile, and Spain.
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Nick Carlson, VP of Wilson Associates Real Estate and Greenville resident, was more than excited to get the call to be a celebrity chef for Chop Cancer. Cancer has affected many members of his family as well as close friends, and he has seen how it not only effects the individual but everyone around them. It was inspiring to see loved ones fight the disease as well as the public coming together in all aspects to help those who are living with cancer. He lives right around the corner from Cancer Survivors Park and uses it almost daily.
Nick said, “It was inspiring to see how this piece of land, that had great potential, turned into something that exceeded anyone’s expectations. It is more inspiring to see survivors who come on a regular basis and dedicate their time and talents. I am more than thrilled to help any way I can.”
He also has a love for food; so when asked to be a chef, he was all in. He is hoping that his love of travel and food will help to give his team the edge they need to squeak out a win. More than anything, he is happy to help the community and all that are affected by cancer.
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Madina is a native of Greenville, SC after her parents, Thomas and Vivian Wong immigrated to the States from Hong Kong. The family owned and operated a chain of Chinese restaurants. The family ventured into other business such as hotels, shopping centers and office buildings. Madina is the VP of Finance for the family business after graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.
Madina is married to Rick Cauthen and they have 4 boys ages 16, 14 and 11 year old twins. The boys are involved in golf, baseball and tae kwon do. Her hobbies are tennis and jogging. She has also completed several triathlons.
Madina was diagnosed with breast cancer November 2016. After surgery she is now almost 2 years cancer free!
“ When I was first diagnosed it was so surreal. I didn’t feel sick. I am very active person and lead a healthy life style- how could I get cancer? But here I was going thru a major surgery and the unknown. Thru this journey I have learned to get out of my comfort zone and accept the unexpected as part of the adventure we call life.”
Mr. Hall is a Senior Financial Advisor with Millennium Private Wealth. He’s honored to Chop Cancer, supporting his friend and family members of Lindsey Bates Motley who passed away three years ago. Lindsey was just 26 and pregnant with her first and only child, Lilla, when she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Lindsey’s legacy lives on through the many people and things she touched, like the Cancer Survivor’s Park.
Before joining his friends with Millennium, Curt spent 15 years managing UBS financial advisors around the world. Curt is realizing his long-term dream of focusing exclusively on the families and organizations that they serve.
He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 and earned his MBA from The McColl School of Business in 2008.
Curt is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor ("CPWA"), an advanced professional certification for advisors who serve high-net-worth clients. It’s designed for seasoned professionals who seek the latest, most advanced knowledge and techniques to address the sophisticated needs of clients with a minimum net worth of $5 million.
His Private Wealth journey began with UBS in New York City, 2002. From there, Curt supported advisors and clients in roles including Wealth Management Analyst in Washington, D.C., covering the Mid-Atlantic Region, sales manager in Charlotte, National Sales Manager for UBS Australia, Branch Manager in Melbourne, Australia, Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Division, Branch Manager in Chicago and most recently lead UBS's Upstate South Carolina business.
When not meeting with clients or doing research Curt enjoys his community leadership roles. He serves on the Board Directors for the Cancer Survivor's Park
He is a long standing board member of the Community Works Federal Credit Union, a nonprofit to help members build assets, improve their credit and access affordable solutions not previously available. His was also president of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association, a long-standing member of the Poinsett Club's Membership Committee, Leadership Greenville Class of 40 Graduate and a member of the Greenville Health System Children's Hospital Advisory Board. He served on the United Way Director's Council for 3 years.
Curt is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Jade, daughter, Hannah and golden retriever, Lilly.
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Neil, a native Greenvillian, has been actively involved in the Greenville community for decades. He is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School, Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Neil has been married to Candy Elrod Cochran of Greenville for fifty-two years. They are the parents of three children and three grandchildren. He is currently enjoying retirement after serving as Children's Hospital Chaplain at GHS for over ten years. He is immensely passionate about the mission and ministry of The Cancer Survivor's Park. Neil has spent fifty years as an ordained minister and chaplain. He has been beside hundreds of pediatric and adult patients on their journey with cancer and now has his own journey to share. Many patients were able to celebrate recovery and were able to comfort others in their journey. Unfortunately, far two many have not survived cancer. Neil has been honored to officiate at many funerals during his ministry.
Neil has many stories of how the patients with cancer were his heroes and his teachers. This prepared him for his own journey when he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in January 2018. He is a grateful, energized and active survivor. Neil grew up in a family of four boys, none of which could have ever imagined that they would be diagnosed with cancer; however, all four have this diagnosis.
Neil's youngest brother Alan died August 2018 after fighting a valiant twenty month battle with glioblastoma multiform. It was Neil's great privilege to be a caregiver for Alan along with his wife Kathy. During the time of his caregiving for Alan, Neil was diagnosed with colon cancer. Neil's participating in CHOP Cancer is an inspiring and therapeutic opportunity for him to celebrate cancer survival. Neil is also participating in loving memory of his youngest brother Alan.
"The same passion to share our story with others and to offer encouragement is the same passion that keeps us bonded. "
Neil wants everyone journeying with cancer to not feel alone and to find the welcoming gathering space that the Cancer Survivor's Park offers.
He discovered that no battle is as difficult as a lonely battle and urges us to reach out and be community to those stunned by a the diagnosis of cancer. Neil has always said that when a patient is admitted to the hospital with a cancer diagnosis, the entire family is admitted.
"If someone reaches out to you or you reach out to someone with cancer, feel honored. You do not have to do anything magical, just sit in support and try to climb into their world and feel some of their pain. Cancer is no respecter of persons and cancer can never define me. It is not who I am. It is just a crummy old hitchhiker!
May God bless all of us as we move in unchartered waters."
Truly Yours, Neil.
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Mary Alice Ferguson,Senior Stylist at the downtown staple salon, Wilson’s on Washington, is honored to have been chosen as one of the celebrity chefs for Chop Cancer 2019. A life long resident of Powdersville, Mary Alice attended the Career and Technology Center while in high school and received her Cosmetology License in 2000. She earned her associates degree from Greenville Tech and her bachelors degree from USC Upstate; both with a concentration in Marketing and Psychology.Mary Alice has been affected by cancer in many ways. Her father, Dewey Ferguson, died in 2006 after a fight with bladder cancer. Her paternal grandmother and name sake, Alice Lanford Ferguson, died from breast cancer. Her father and grandmother both loved to cook and Mary Alice shares their love of creating and experimenting with new ideas in the kitchen.Mary Alice said, “I love to experiment with different foods and spices, and to maximize tastes and health benefits.” Her specialities are soups and stews with creative blends of fresh, local produce and healthy sources of protein.After almost twenty years at Wilson’s, Mary Alice enjoys spending time at home, where she lives on her family’s home place, dating back five generations. She loves cooking with and for friends and family, spending time with her fiancé Steve Duncan and Shug, her standard poodle. In life, she loves making people look and feel fabulous. She says, “fed people are happy people” and is looking forward to honoring the memory of her family members as well as anyone else who has been or is affected by cancer.
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Chuck Floyd has owned and operated Chuck’s Pet Grooming in Easley, South Carolina since 1995, after earning his degree from the Southern Institute of Pet Grooming. He has contributed articles to many local newspapers and news journals regarding proper pet grooming and other subjects that impact animal welfare in general. He is a staunch advocate for professionalism, education, licensing, transparency and personal responsibility within the pet grooming industry. He retired his business after 22 years of serving Pickens Country to care for his spouse John Bautista Leopard, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2017, then 7 months later succumbed to the disease. Chuck has always loved cooking and entertaining friends. He appreciates all cuisine and the culinary arts, but he is particularly interested in the foods of Spain, especially the region where John was born and still has family. Chuck can create a variety of dishes, but his specialty is paella made in John’s family tradition. He competes tonight in CHOP Cancer 2019 to honor the memory of his beloved spouse.
Asia Grabska is a hematologist and oncologist at St Francis Cancer Center. She is a new transplant to the Upstate, most recently from FL. Asia is originally from Poland and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She loves to cook with her husband and their two little ones, and usually prepares dishes inspired by her grandma’s traditional Polish cooking or recipes she picked up during her travels abroad.
When the chance presented itself to get involved with CHOP, she saw it as a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time in the kitchen with a group of people who care about individuals and families touched by cancer as much as she does. Asia is very much looking forward to the experience and is excited to put her culinary skills to the test.
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Amanda Hathaway, MD, is a medical oncologist at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. She received a Bachelor of Science in biological engineering from the University of Georgia, where she graduated cum laude, with honors. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Hathaway completed an internal medicine residency at Medical University of South Carolina, and a hematology/oncology fellowship at University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Hathaway and her husband, Brandon, moved to Upstate South Carolina in the summer of 2017 when she joined Medical Group of the Carolinas Hematology/Oncology at Gibbs. She sub-specializes in the treatment of breast and prostate cancer. From an early age, Dr. Hathaway observed a family friend who was a physician and noted the significant impact he had on individuals, the community, and abroad when he served in missions. She made the decision to specialize in oncology during medical school when she experienced the dramatic impact oncology physicians can have on patients’ lives by not only offering treatment for a disease, but also by offering hope, comfort, and support during what is usually the lowest and most frightening time of anyone’s life.
Dr. Hathaway participates in medical mission trips abroad every year, because she believes it is important to serve the Lord using the field of medicine. Last summer she went to Sumba, Indonesia where she served on a team of three doctors and three dentists who saw 4000 patients for general medical and dental care. Her heart was touched by the fact that most of the patients they treated had never seen a doctor before and didn’t have the means to travel out of their remote communities.
In rare moments of free time, Dr. Hathaway enjoys time with her husband and their dog named Jo, who they rescued while she was in medical school. She also enjoys hiking the mountains around the Upstate, photography and painting. Dr. Hathaway sees patients at the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute locations in Spartanburg and Pelham.
Dr. Hathaway is excited about participating in Chop Cancer. She believes that the Cancer Survivors Park is a very special place that aligns with her passion for the care and support of everyone who has been touched by cancer.
Jim Killion is General Manager of the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards since June of 2016. He came to The Cliffs from Rehoboth Beach Delaware where he was General Manager for 14 years. Jim began his career in country clubs in 1992 when he took a position as a Server at Forest Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. He worked his way through the ranks in the ensuing years. Prior to becoming involved in club management, Jim was a professional actor, with an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota, and worked primarily at a small regional theater in St. Louis. During his years as an actor he worked with Veronica Hamel (Hill Street Blues), Hayden Rourke (I Dream of Jeannie), Jackson Bannon (Lou Grant), and Dan Frazier (Kojak), among others. Just to keep his toe in the water, Jim is currently taking Comedy Improvisation classes from the crew at Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground on Coffee Street. Jim is married (Linda) with two grown children (Lucas and Bridget) both of whom are currently living and working in Greenville.
Text-to-vote code: MEL
On July 26, 2014 at 6:00AM, I said goodbye to my most important role model, my greatest inspiration and my biggest fan. She also happens to be my mother, Sammie Lou Ferrigan (age 67). She was a 6-year survivor of stage IV breast cancer and bone cancer. She was a mother, grandmother, sister, wife, aunt, friend, teacher, and REALTOR in SC for over 25 years! When I was a little girl she used to say to me..."Be good and don't be too loud, Melissa." I typically followed the first rule but I was never one for being quiet. In fact, she was the one who taught me how to stand up for myself and most of all, for others, as well as fight for a cause when I felt led. Today, I follow in her footsteps by also serving as a REALTOR for the past 15 years with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services C. Dan Joyner Realtors. My broker and our Chop Cancer event co-chair is Fritzi Barbour. As one of the 18 celebrity chefs for the 2019 Chop Cancer event, it is my goal to CHOP cancer in tiny little pieces in honor and memory of my mother. Please strongly consider contributing to me: MEL.
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Robert invites you to join him to conquer, to CHOP! childhood cancers.
For nine years, he’s locally “razed” awareness with St. Baldrick’s Foundation to the need for critical research to end childhood cancers.
Robert sports “Electric Lizard Green” hair as their 11th Annual Event (March 17, 2019 at The Cancer Survivors Park) draws closer, then…he goes bald. Hundreds of Foundation volunteers have their heads shaved in support of children who’ve lost their hair with cancer treatments.
The Foundation works with our hospital systems, most recently their Adolescent and Young Adult Programs and their amazing leads in Dr. Aniket Saha of The Greenville Health System, and Dr. Hal Crosswell of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
Green or bald, and every day Robert brings strategic vision, community initiative and fun as a National Accounts Manager for a Greenville headquartered, supportive manufacturing company Silvercote, LLC.
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A native of Greer, Heather is looking forward to participating in Chop Cancer 2019 with her sister-in law Kristen Welch in honor of their Mother-in-law, Nancy Welch. Nancy’s perseverance and head on approach to fighting her battle with Colorectal Cancer for the past 10 years has taught Heather that 1) Anything is possible, 2) This horrible disease can be beaten and 3) This cause is definitely worth fighting for!
A graduate of both The University of South Carolina and The University of South Carolina School of Law, Heather opened Welch Law Firm in 2001 where she continues to practice in the areas of Real Estate, Family, Estate Planning and Corporate Law.
Heather and her Husband Turner have one daughter, Hendley a sophomore at Eastside High School. They enjoy traveling and watching Hendley play on the Eastside Varsity Basketball team and on her travel club teams as well spending time at the farm and watching Hendley compete in horse shows across the state.
Heather is honored to have this opportunity to Chop Cancer (and the other teams) in hopes of living up to “Nancy Welch’s” cooking fame, honoring Sharon Brace (a friends’ mother) who passed away from Colorectal Cancer and fighting for her dear friend Patsy Williams who is battling the same cancer now.
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A native of Spartanburg,Kristen is looking forward to Chop! Cancer 2019 to honor the life of her Mother-in-law, Nancy Welch. Kristen says,” Nancy was extraordinary in everything she did. From her culinary skills in the kitchen, working in front of the camera, and dedicated service to her church and community…SHE DID IT ALL!” Her fight and grace throughout her 10-year battle with colorectal cancer was remarkable and inspires Kristen to support the cause.
A graduate of both Lander and Clemson University, Kristen has worked the last 29 years in the area of nutrition for the SC Department of Agriculture and most recently Clemson University.
Kristen and her husband Nelson have three children, Davis a junior at Dorman High, Chas, an 8th grader at Dawkins Middle and Haley, a 5th grader at Pauline Glenn Springs Elementary. They enjoy traveling and supporting their children in there many activities
Teaming up with her sister-in law Heather, the Welch girls are honored to have been selected for CHOP and will cook “full force” for Nancy!
Text-to-vote code: CHI
Donald “Chip” Wiper, MD is a Gynecologic Oncologist in the Greenville Health System. He has had many amazing teachers in his life but none have been more inspiring than the cancer patients themselves that he cares for—and their amazing families. Dr. Wiper was taught a truth and a “secret” about cancer patients and their families—they are at their absolute best as human beings. Even though they may be struggling with physical health, their souls have never been stronger. They are kind and grateful and patient. Things that used to bother them seem to have drifted away and they focus on what really matters with a new precision and authenticity—their health, their loved ones, the sanctity of life, their faith. As a mentor taught Dr. Wiper while at the Cleveland Clinic, “if you want to be happy in medicine, take care of cancer patients. They will teach you all you need to know—about medicine and about life.”
In addition to his cancer work, Dr. Wiper is Vice President of Institutional Culture, Experience and Organizational Science and joined Greenville Health System in 2009. In this role, Dr. Wiper shares system-wide responsibility for leading transformational change through the development of strategic vision and guidance of initiatives that advance our organizational culture and enhance the GHS experience for patients, families, and employees. Dr. Wiper has served in a variety of leadership roles at GHS including Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief Clinical Officer Patient Experience and Culture and physician leader of the Patient Experience and Culture Performance Team. He is also a practicing Gynecologic Oncologist.
Dr. Wiper is an avid cook and jumped at the chance to combine his two loves: fighting cancer and cooking up fun stuff. He is honored to participate and can’t wait to meet new friends and learn some new recipes.
In addition to his roles at GHS, Dr. Wiper serves on the YMCA Camp Greenville Board of Advisors and is the Medical Director of Camp Greenville.
Dr. Wiper holds the academic appointment of Professor of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville and Professor, Clemson University School of Health Research.
Dr. Wiper earned a bachelor’s degree in German Literature and Economics at Bowdoin College and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School. He completed his residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland and then completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.