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Letters, October 11, 2013

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Updated Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:29 pm

Tragic fire and rebuild
on Front Street

To all that have been so supportive in time, effort, generosity to the Georgetown relief efforts for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, this outpouring has been a blessing that I truly hope people understand and it will not go unnoticed by all those affected directly by this tragic fire.

I am so thankful for lives spared of which my own son and his pet lab Stella, our granddog, were among those. My heart hurts for those who lost their pet, they are like our children.

In the overwhelming outpouring of support, we must also be mindful that when others give toward the relief efforts it is not for the local politicians and commitee boards to redirect the true efforts of donations. When a political process takes over that says … we know what is best for these donations that overrides the true intent, then those who redirect the intent need to be exposed and held accountable.

My heart tells me those who are giving … the true intent is that the residents of these buildings that lost their homes and possessions as well as the owners of the businesses are the ones that are to reap the benefits equally from the relief effort donations.

How can we keep the accountability in place for the outpouring of support? Are the dollars and donations truly going to those who have lost so much or everything?

People are so quick to say well they had insurance, not everyone living in these apartments had insurance or adequate insurance, and yes the building owners had insurance but it is never adequate to replace those things that do not have a value — your security, your emotions, your prized possessions that money cannot buy.

Insurance does not fully cover everyone and every area nor does it cover history.

So please, if you are in charge of ensuring that the generosity of those who love the historic nature of the buildings damaged and lost, the homes and possessions of those who have lost precious valuables and memories — make sure you hold yourselves accountable to those people who took pride in caring for a piece of history on Georgetown's Front Street. It was more than simply commercial property for them, it was home and heart and respect for a great town.

People have come together in the spirit of truly loving thy neighbor and wanting to help them and give back. Let's make sure it’s the neighbor that is in need of the help that reaps the benefits of the love and kindness and generosity of those whose hands have been opened to give — not the political elbowing, or commitee boards of commercialism. After all, it’s the property owners that will rebuild, its the people who will re-establish their homes above these businesses that will begin to once again pour back into the history of Georgetown Front Street — they will once again live their love for a place in time that will benefit all who enjoy this quaint town.

Just a few short weeks back, my husband and I were blessed by our son to enjoy his apartment over The Zest. I was so amazed at the uniqueness of this quaint town and Front Street, but what was most amazing was the friendliness of generosity of the people and local shop owners and employees.

I am thankful that God allows us to rebuild our lives, for where their is life and breath there is always Hope and Front Street still has life and breath.

Blessings to the families, friends, property owners that lost so much in this tragedy, as you rebuild, so thankful that indeed, beauty will come from the ashes.
Wanda R. Rodgers
Rembert, S.C.
‘Get your mammogram girls’

“Your biopsy was positive, you have breast cancer.” These are the words no woman wants to hear. However, in July 2012 those words forever changed our entire family’s life, most especially my wife. The rest of that particular day was a whirlwind, but the days to follow are forever etched in our lives.


Everyone knows about a palpable lump in your breast as an early warning sign. But, my wife called me in to see just a faint subtle indentation as something different. There was no lump noticed by her, myself, or many doctors to follow. The change was enough to alert her as something wrong. She immediately scheduled a follow-up appointment with Dr. Craig Brackett that changed her life.


The mammogram was followed by extensive testing that included an MRI, biopsy and accumulation of information. Once the testing was complete the results were not favorable as everyone already knows now. Dr. Brackett with a loving hand and a kind heart, gave us not only the information but a belief that it was going to be ok. Praying with us and guiding us by many appointments, consults ,and pathways for treatment, we were relieved and trusted that he along with God would show us the way.


Words do not adequately describe the many thanks we have for Dr. Brackett, Dr. Aguera, Dr. Mislowski, Dr. Adams, Dr Stephen Duffy and the many supportive medical personnel, friends, and loved ones that have forever shaped my wife’s life. Even though I am a physician, this was the scariest period of our entire life as a family. So many emotions and so much information made it all difficult to process and for the first time in our lives we were scared. However, all of our fears were alleviated by a loving hand, a guiding spirit, and all of God’s gifts in the form of the many physicians and people above.


Which brings me to the purpose of this letter. Without that initial mammogram, neither my wife nor myself would have known that something was wrong. Recently, Dr. Brackett wrote a letter to the editor raising our awareness of Breast Cancer for the month of October.

Hopefully, this letter will find its way to the editorial page to strongly encourage every woman in this community to get a mammogram. Georgetown Hospital System, Dr. Brackett, numerous physician offices, and numerous surrounding clinics have made it possible for every woman to receive a mammogram. Fear, lack of education, lack of finances, are no excuse for any woman in our community to not receive a mammogram.


Recently, I ran my first marathon as a thank you to God for giving me what I value the most, more time with my wife. Also, as a tribute to Breast Cancer awareness and to say thank you to the wonderful people above who will forever be a part of our life. I wear my pink bracelet proudly, and I get on my knees every day to give thanks.


Dr. Gene Mayeaux
Pawleys Island
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