District 7770 Gift of Life Program Enjoys Continued Success

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Jun 032013
 

District 7770 Gift of Life Program welcomed their fifth patient this year with the sixth and possibly seventh coming in June. Myrlande Milfort, 2 yrs. old,and her father Jamahel came from Haiti to Charleston for open heart surgery in early May. Her operation was a complete success and they will staying with several Rotary families during her recuperation period.

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The District 7770 Gift of Life Program was established in 1986 and now has five hospitals participating in various types of pediatric surgery to change the lives of poor children from third world countries. more info
Post-surgery UPDATE:
Here’s a shot of our girl late this morning , I wouldn’t be surprised if she left the hospital soon. She quite comfortable and quickly become herself again. This is a very confusing time for her not understanding what just happened and why. Her Dad is just outstanding, patient & loving his baby.
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Another Update post-surgery:
Myrlande is just doing beautifully – as you can see she has snatched some of Daddy’s lunch. Her only complication us that her chest cavity is still draining fluid and that delays her coming home. Her time is spent socializing and going down to her favorite playroom.
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Leaving the Hospital:
Hugging the nurses goodbye – she went to hug everyone at least twice and excitedly baby talking all the way to the car where she promptly took a snooze.  Now at home she has found a whole new world to explore.  Jamahel might be the happiest daddy in South Carolina.
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Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Donation Boosts United Way

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Nov 102012
 

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry President Dick Bowen presents a check for $11,000 to United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors Chairwoman Sandra Chavez

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry contributed $11,000 to the United Way of the Lowcountry’s 2012 campaign, becoming the first civic organization in Beaufort and Jasper counties to qualify for the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.  Sandra Chavez, chairwoman of the United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors, accepted the gift.  “This is an amazing contribution from an amazing group of people,” Chavez said. “The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry has a long history of helping make the Lowcountry a better place, and we will use their gift to advance the common good even more.  “We are hoping other organizations will see this as an example of civic leadership and help us reach our $2.8 million goal for 2012,” she said.

The Rotarians designated a portion of their gift to the following United Way of the Lowcountry partner agencies:
• Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort
• AMIkids Beaufort
• Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
• Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)
• Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
• Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity
• Wardle Family YMCA.
The de Tocqueville Society is a special category for people and groups who donate $10,000 or more annually to the United Way.
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