“The founder of Great Southern Homes may construct homes for his business, but builds up his community through his various charitable endeavors.” Including Camp Cole! Learn more about Nieri’s connection to Camp Cole:
In these uncertain times, it’s only natural for us to worry about the future.
For that reason, The State’s annual 20 under 40 recognition couldn’t be more timely. This is the 17th year that The State and thestate.com have recognized 20 people under the age 40 in the Midlands.
The 20 people honored here are some of the best young adults in the Midlands. They are already having an impact on our community either through their professions or through their volunteer and civic work. You’ll meet people who overcame — or are overcoming — some major life challenges. You’ll meet young adults who saw needs in their communities and took the initiative to meet them.
In 2004, at the age of 11, Cole Sawyer lost his battle with cancer. Cole was an inspiration to those around him, and a huge fan of Carolina football. Some of Cole’s most cherished memories were at summer camp, where he could truly be a kid and connect with other children who also had serious illnesses. After his passing, his parents Stacy and Scott sought to honor his memory through the creation of a summer camp for children with serious illness and disease. Cole had a lasting impact on those who knew him, and the Sawyer family has dedicated their lives to honoring their son.
“Local nonprofit Camp Cole – a camp and retreat for children and adults with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges – announced they’ll break ground on a brand-new, $10 million state-of-the-art facility in April 2020. The Camp Cole campus, being built on 40 acres off Garners Ferry Rd., will have a medical facility, cafe, gym, swimming pool, amphitheater, enough cottages to house 200 guests+ more.“
Camp Cole was born of tragedy. When she was 13, Kelsey Sawyer Carter’s younger brother, Cole, succumbed to a year-long battle against a rare form of cancer. After 54 chemotherapy treatments, Cole Sawyer died at the age of 11. Before his passing, he touched the lives of many friends and family members as well as contacts through his positive Camp Kemo experience. Grieving parents Stacy and Scott Sawyer, together with their close friends Deans and Peter Fawcett, were so stirred by Cole’s short life that a seed was planted to raise a camp site specifically for use by organizations that focus on the needs of children, teens, and even adults with fragile health conditions, serious illnesses, disabilities, and mental health challenges.
“Camp Cole announced December 3 the countdown to construction for the state of the art facility for children, teens, and adults with disabilities, illnesses, and other life challenges.
Camp Cole has successfully achieved the first milestone in its $10 million Shine On Capital Campaign. The organization has raised over $7 million since formally launching its campaign last May.”
“Kappa Alpha Order at the University of South Carolina held its fourth annual philanthropy event November 1 and raised $24,500 towards Camp Cole. Over the past four years combined, the event has raised over $108,000 towards the cause.”
“Kelsey Sawyer Carter is the co-founder and executive director of
Camp Cole, a state-of-the-art facility coming to the Midlands that
will allow children and adults facing serious illnesses and mental and
physical challenges to enjoy one of childhood’s greatest pleasures –
camp. Camp Cole was inspired by Kelsey’s younger brother, Cole,
who lost his battle to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at
the young age of 11. “
Read More: https://www.bergerlawsc.com/library/Non-atty-NL.November-2019.pdf?utm_source=newsletter-718-4472-4472-Law%2bOffice%2bof%2bKenneth%2bBerger%2b%2bNovember%2b2019%2bNewsle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-718-4472-4472-Law%2bOffice%2bof%2bKenneth%2bBerger%2b%2bNovember%2b2019%2bNewsle
The Fawcetts and Sawyers came together to make Camp Cole a reality for children and adults facing serious illness and other physical or mental challenges.
Read More on pages 28-29: https://issuu.com/theitem/docs/lakeside_septoct2019_web2