South Carolina Chapter (Greater Charleston)

Lauren Whiteside Chapter Leader: Lauren Whiteside
Chapter Leader since January 2011
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A message from Chapter Leader Lauren Whiteside:
I decided to start a local chapter for this wonderful organization after I underwent my first of two surgeries for pre-cancerous lesions. I am happy to report that all of my follow-up tests over the past year have come back normal. Now I am focused on continuing my journey of spreading awareness on cervical cancer and HPV to my community in South Carolina. I am very grateful that my situation was caught in a stage before it turned into invasive cervical cancer. Pap tests do save lives and every person in the world should be aware of this. If you don't go, you don't know! And believe me, it is much better to know what you could possibly be facing before it is too late! This type of cancer can be prevented and detected early and everyone in the world should be aware of this issue.

Read more from Lauren in her interview with The Post and Courier.

What's New

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Events

The South Carolina chapter has a busy January planned, educating the community about the realities of cervical cancer during this important month. Get involved today and support the chapter's mission and message!

Wednesday, January 21
Wine and Design: Paint it Forward
Paint it Forward with NCCC SC and learn step-by-step how to paint the Endless Dock.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:30pm
424 Broadway Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Get tickets here

hpvepidemicTuesday, January 27
Join the SC chapter at a screening of the film, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:00pm
MUSC, 173 Ashley Ave., Basic Sciences Bldg.
Charleston, SC 29425
Admission: FREE
RSVP here

Wednesday, January 28
The South Carolina Chapter presents the 4th Annual Cervical Cancer and HPV 101 awareness event at the College of Charleston (Education Center Room 116.) This event if free and open to the public. Help the chapter raise awareness during the month of January for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. We will discuss aspects of cervical cancer, Human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccinations.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:30pm
College of Charleston Education Center
25 St. Phillips Street, Charleston, SC 29424
RSVP Here

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In January, the chapter held its 3rd Annual Cervical Cancer and HPV 101 awareness event, a free event held at the College of Charleston to give information from health professionals, as well as cervical cancer survivor testimonials. Presenters included Dr. Trish Hutchison, co-founder, co-author of Girlology, Dr. Sharon M. Bond, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, cervical cancer survivors and advocates Renee Thomas and Rose Porter, and Sloane Whelan, SC Director of Public Affair for Planned Parenthood

Also in January, chapter leader Lauren Whiteside served as a moderator for a session called "Breaking the Silence: at the inaugural summit of Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina, a member state of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition focused on eliminating cervical cancer through screening, follow-up care, vaccination, and education.

Check back for more news on upcoming chapter events.

Local Resources

Free or low-cost Pap testing: To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened, call: (800) 227-2345.

Best Chance Network
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, DHEC
1800 St Julian Place
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 545-4145
Fax: (803) 545-4445

Contact

Want to learn more about the chapter? Interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or fundraiser, or just getting more information? Contact Lauren Whiteside to learn more.

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