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168COVER STORY16 IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTERDEPARTMENTS6 From the Publisher12 Paparazzi4CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
202624FEATURES8 Diagnosis: Success20 Save the Horses22 Making Positive Changes24 Loving What She Does26 Three Cheers for the FlamesCOUNTYLINE COMMUNITY10 Sharon Elementary Opens Outdoor Learning Area10 The Johns Creek Police Department’s Annual Awards14 State Bridge Crossing Elementary Student NamesEmory Johns Creek Hospital’s New Robot28 2012 Will Davison Memorial Scholarship Awards30 Emory Johns Creek Hospital’sCommunity Healthcare Festival & 5K Scrub Run5 CountyLine | July 2012
considering a career in healthcare—the texture, the smells, the way a labworks. We are so, so thankful for this relationship!”The staff at Northside Hospital-Forsyth is equally enthusiastic. FredaHardage, director of the Northside Hospital Foundation and Northside’sPartners In Education liaison with Lambert High School says, “We wantto do all we can to make it a positive experience. It is rewarding for ourstaff to see the excitement and anticipation in the students’ eyes whenthey visit our laboratory and get to see first-hand how lab services workin a hospital system.”Approximately 180 students participate in the HCTP program. Enteringas freshmen, who are recommended by their middle school teachers,most are Honors and AP students. A majority of the students in theprogram are also members of the Healthcare Occupation Students ofAmerica (HOSA), where they have an opportunity to participate in regional,state and national competitions and work as a group to give backthrough community service projects. “Our HOSA chapter is the secondlargest in the state,” says Doris with pride. “All of my students are awesome.I’ve got the cream of the crop.”Jared Cook examines a slide with CarolPerry, hematology supervisor.The Healthcare Career Tech Pathway has been instrumental in guidingstudents. Meredith Stone, who is considering a career as a nurse anesthetist,shares, “Before starting this program I did not have a very wideview of the medical world, and now I’ve learned about so many careeroptions. There’s so much more than I ever imagined.” Doris beams atthis and says, “That’s exactly what it’s designed to do!”Anushree Pandya and Kelsey Duttenhofer, learningfrom Marge Meyer-Nugent, microbiology supervisor.9 CountyLine | July 2012
PaparazziIVAN FIGUEROA, SHASHANEK BOMMIREDDY, NARENDERREDDY, MAYOR MIKE BODKERDORIS NOEL, KAREN DUFFYTED WALTERS, CHERYL HOPPERUSHMA PATEL, ASHLEY TUMLINDR. BRENT MURPHY, FLORINA TRIFU, DR. JAMES CRINERMARGOT, CHRISTINE & CAROLINE MURPHYMADELYN CLARK, DEBRA MCCAULEY, KAY KENDRICKSKIMBERLY COOPER, KATRINA OLIVER12CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
TOBY SEID, CAMILLE CARMENJIM DAUNAIS, DAVID METZWILLA FRIDAY, DANIELLE LE JEUNEAMY FISCHER, BOB MILLERSTEPHANIE NELSONSHINA KIM, SHERWIN BOYLES, NILES SCHUMERALEX DA SILVACHRIS HARDAWAY13 CountyLine | July 2012
STATE BRIDGE CROSSING ELEMENTARY STUDENTNames Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s New RobotWhen Emory Johns Creek Hospital brought in theirda Vinci robot, they went to the second grade studentsat State Bridge Crossing Elementary to give “him”an official name. Students colored their “Name the Robot”entries, which included their suggested name along witha sentence about why they chose that name. The judgingof the entries was conducted by students from JohnsCreek High School’s TAG Robotics Seminar class. On May8 th , students, parents, teachers and Principal Trey Martin,joined staff from Emory Johns Creek Hospital for the announcementof the winners—one for the student whosename for the robot was chosen and two students who wonfor the best coloring of their entry form. Hayden Atkinsonwon with his entry to name the robot “Bob,” and EllaMcCarty and Melanie Torres-Silva won for the best coloringof their entries. “I want to thank Emory Johns CreekHospital,” said Hayden in appreciation that his suggestedname was the winner. Hayden and his family were givena behind-the-scenes tour of one of Emory Johns CreekHospital’s operating rooms. Jennifer Pennington, Hayden’ssecond grade teacher, accepted Chick-fil-A coupons for allthe students in his class as an added way to celebratehis win. Both Pennington and second grade teacher JudyMiller, who also attended the open house, were very proudas they watched their students be acknowledged for theiraccomplishments.Back: Judy Miller, Principal Trey Martin, Bev Miller, Jennifer PenningtonFront: Ella McCarty and Hayden AtkinsonIn the fall of 2011, Emory Johns Creek Hospital startedperforming surgeries with the advanced da Vinci SurgicalSystem and has performed more than 100 proceduresin less than six months. This robotic technology enablessurgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures thatresults in significantly less pain, less scarring, shorter hospitalstays, and a quicker return to normal activities forpatients.For more information on robotic surgery,call: 678-474-7000 or visit www.emoryjohnscreek.com.14CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
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In February 2008, Forsyth County voters approved a $100 million Parks, Recreation andGreen Space Bond that was initiated by Commissioner Tam. The purpose of the bondwas to provide funds to improve existing parks and build new parks. Within the nextmonth, three new parks will open in District 2 to provide recreational opportunities forresidents. Located off of Old Atlanta Road and bordering the Chattahoochee River, ChattahoocheePointe, was built on approximately 100 acres; located on Old Atlanta Roadnear Lambert High School, Old Atlanta Park, was built on approximately 39 acres; and,located along the north and east sides of Caney Road, just west of Brookwood Road,this new park was built on 63 acres. These three parks, all conveniently located for useby South Forsyth residents, will have nature trails, natural playgrounds, picnic pavilions,tot-only play areas, outdoor classrooms, a gated zero-depth water feature, amphitheater,and many other amenities.Also funded by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond, the Old Atlanta RecreationCenter opened earlier this year. Located across from Lambert High School on NicholsRoad, this facility provides classes and work out opportunities for residents, includingstudents from neighboring schools. The facility has two gymnasiums, a cardio/weightroom, mezzanine walking area, multi-purpose classroom, fitness studio, dance studio,and a community room. Passes are available for the cardio/weight room, fitness classesor both. The Center also offers a variety of summer camp opportunities and campsduring breaks in the school year. “The addition of this recreation center provides a safeplace where school-aged children can go after school, on weekends, and during breaks,”commented Commissioner Tam. “It also provides a facility to improve the health andwell-being of our community.”In 2007, Commissioner Tam combined his roles as a Partner in Education and a Commissioner,to turn land that was an unused parcel of Daves Creek Elementary into JointVenture Park, a playground and sports facility that is used by Daves Creek students duringschool hours and is open for community use after school hours, on weekends andwhen school is not in session.Public Safety:Under the command of Captain Ron Freeman, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s south precinct,located behind South Forsyth High School in District 2, provides protection to thisarea as well as numerous community programs, including: The Neighborhood Watch,Campus Crime Stoppers, and S.T.O.P.P.E.D., a program designed to reduce the numberof automobile accidents involving young drivers.In addition to quality education, recreation and public safety, the business communityenhances the lifestyle of South Forsyth residents. In the spring of 2008, The AvenueForsyth opened with many specialty shops and restaurants. Bringing this open-air retailcenter to this location was a major accomplishment for government leaders in ForsythCounty. To encourage Cousins Properties to build on the site where The Avenue Forsythis located, Commissioner Tam led the initiative to provide a sewer solution to accommodatethe stores, offices, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) facility that arelocated there and the CHOA hospital that will begin construction in the near future. TheAvenue Forsyth is a major asset and convenience for District 2 residents, not only forits shopping, healthcare facilities and restaurants, but because of the tax dollars it contributes.“We are fortunate to have The Avenue Forsyth that generates sales tax dollars,18CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
Save the Horsesby Cheryl Flanaganphotography by Tammy Harden GallowayGrowing up in the heart of the city of Chicagoin the 1950s, the only horse contact I had wasthe black and white Westerns on the television.Something about the grace and beauty of these animalstugged at my heart. Like many little girls, I askedfor a pony every birthday, every Christmas, every timethe thought of horses crossed my mind. All my beggingfell on deaf ears. I went on with my life, got married,had children and as soon as I could, I bought my kidsa pony! They weren’t as thrilled as I was, but I wasnow fulfilling my dream; I had a pony. My youngest ofthree children actually started to spend more and moretime in the saddle and around the barn. I became a 4Hleader and the District Commissioner of the US PonyClubs. Life was good for me. I had horses and horsefriends. The more I knew about horses, the more I realizedhow much I didn’t know. Wanting a horse forso long, I honored them; they were with me for life. Ifound out more and more and realized that horses arevery misunderstood.I never planned to start a horse rescue organization.I just helped when I saw the opportunity to help andeducated when I had the opportunity to educate. Thekids were the best place to start. They were generallykind and open-minded. It all started with a horsenamed Bee-Bop. He came running into my yard, followedby four children and their mom and dad, all inpursuit of the run-a-way horse. It took a few hours forthem to catch him and when they did, they were tiredand angry and took out their frustration on the poor,frightened horse. I tried to explain to them that kindnessand trust would go a long way, but they were notinterested in listening to me. This happened severaltimes, until I finally offered them money for the horse,and they finally sold him to me. It took me months toearn his trust, but he slowly became my good friend.When I decided that he was ready for a new home, Iran an ad in the local horse newspaper. Two years ofcare and training, and I felt guilty trying to make aprofit on an animal, especially a horse. I soon realizedthat no amount of money could make me sell him tothe wrong home, so I ended up giving him to one of my4H kids for free. It became a philosophy for me.People started telling me about horses that were lameor injured, so I took on the cause to help horses. Irented a large pasture, gathered some volunteer helpers,and brought in horses to rehabilitate them. Thatwas in 1978, when I lived near Tampa Bay Downs RaceTrack in Florida. Horses raced for a few months andwere then sent to another track to race in anotherstate. Horses that were not winning were not sent onat all. They were left behind to be picked up and sentto slaughter. After the initial shock of realizing this horribleway to end a horse’s life, I knew that I had tostop it. I began an anti-slaughter fight by telling anyonewho would listen. I began to take unwanted horsesfrom the race track, injured or not.In 1998, I incorporated to a non-profit horse rescue.Now living in Cumming, this was a great move for the20CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
horses and the people who have been part of Save the HorsesRescue Farm. Calls come in every day asking to please helpwith horses. Some people have financial problems, some justdon’t want their old horse, some horses are sick, and someare mentally scared. It doesn’t matter. They all need and deservehelp. Over the years, more than 1,000 horses have beenhelped through Save the Horses. We have had dwarf miniaturehorses with severe deformities to big Shire horses saved fromslaughter. Arabians and Quarter Horses worth $80,000 haveall been in need of homes. No horse is ever safe from abuse,neglect or slaughter.The farm in Cumming is a magnet for people full of love andcompassion. They are dedicated to help a horse heal, no matterwhat the problem. This is a safe haven until a new home isfound. Ironically, while helping horses, the horses give back somuch to the humans. They teach us so much about ourselves.They make us aware of ourselves and our body. They are nonverbalcommunicators and mirror our actions. They are honestand engage us.Playing with a horse gives KyleGalloway a good reason to smile.We welcome volunteers and offer volunteer orientation the secondSunday of every month. The volunteers are truly the backboneof the organization. It takes a village, and you are invitedto be part of our village.For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation,visit www.savethehorse.org or call: 770-886-5419Challenging, Lecture-basedMath and English Classes— 1 st -12 th Grade Levels —Classes held Tuesday-Friday 5-9:30pm Saturday & Sunday 9am-6:30pmCall for information about ourIntensive SAT and DUKE TIP SAT Programs• Multimedia interactive teachingenvironment• Strategies and tactics increaseproblem solving skills, critical reading& writing skills• Competition training-Our students haveconsistently won Regional, State &National Competitions, including AMC,Mathcounts, and Math Olympiad.MATH INSTRUCTOR -James Chen, Ph.D. (Math)has over 10 years of classroomteaching experience.ENGLISH INSTRUCTORS -Language Arts teachers arefrom local, high-ranking highschools.Click on this in the ad atcountylineMagazine.netand receive an exclusiveSpecial Offer!404-388-630310475 Medlock Bridge Rd. Suite 500Johns Creek 30097www.AlltopSchool.com21 CountyLine | July 2012
Cleve GaddisMaking Positive Changesby Judy Le JeuneAn Atlanta native, Cleve Gaddis was raised inPeachtree Corners and graduated from NorcrossHigh School. Cleve’s entrepreneurialspirit was stronger than his desire to attend collegeand, after a short time at UGA, Cleve left to starthis own landscape company, a line of work that hehad been in since he was eleven years old. SellingChristmas trees door-to-door led Cleve to his nextcareer move when several of the doors he knockedon were opened by executives with Electrolux. Thischance encounter ultimately led to a job offer forCleve in sales management, a position that lasted10 years and took him on moves to Indianapolis;Columbia, South Carolina; Chicago and, eventually,back to Atlanta. During this time, Cleve married hiswife Michelle. In 1999, Cleve and Michelle settledin Johns Creek, continued to grow their family, andCleve transitioned his sales career to real estate.The real estate business was good, and Cleve andMichelle were enjoying living in Johns Creek. Oneday, in 2003, Cleve opened an email from his subdivision’sHomeowners Association (HOA) and readthat the Johns Creek Community Association (JCCA)was looking for representatives to serve on theirboard’s nominating committee. Cleve respondedwith his interest in the position, and this was thebeginning of his service to the Johns Creek community.For the next three years, Cleve headed up the nominatingcommittee. This period of service led up toJohns Creek becoming a city in 2006, which waswhen Cleve took over as president of the JCCA.“This was a time of many transitions for the JCCA,”said Cleve. “With Johns Creek becoming a city, wehad to find where our place was going to be as acommunity organization that would continue to representhomeowners and their associations.” Manyof the JCCA’s board members moved on from theorganization to serve on the first Johns Creek CityCouncil, so the vacancies that they left needed tobe filled. “It was a time for us to figure out howwe could continue to be a benefit to our membersand fit into the hierarchy of the new city,” observedCleve. “We paved a new road, and the fact that theJCCA is still here and still a benefit to the homeownersin Johns Creek is an accomplishment of which Iam very proud. We continued on to give a voice toJohns Creek’s HOAs. ”22CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
Upon first meeting Denise Eccleston, one instantly knows a fewthings about her. She is outgoing, friendly and kindhearted,which are wonderful attributes when you are a high schoolcounselor. It is these qualities that led to her being named 2011-2012 Forsyth County High School Counselor of the Year.Looking back at what career path Denise chose as a high schoolstudent, she laughs and says, “My first major was accounting.” Withboth parents in business and a solid background in math, accountingseemed like a logical choice. She was halfway through her collegesophomore year when the realization hit her that accounting was notwhat she wanted. This was partly the result of having spent a monthworking with a group of special education students. Denise admits,“I realized that I needed to be with people.”As Denise reflects on telling her parents that she didn’t want to bean accountant, she remembers that they didn’t seem to be surprised.And no wonder they weren’t. Looking back at what she hadenjoyed doing—from playing school in the basement with playmatesto babysitting—working with children was her passion.LovingWhatSheDoesDenise admits that she had to think about the transition from elementaryschool to high school. “It is very different. On the elementaryschool level, it is more group oriented. It is more one-on-onein high school.” And within the high school, the needs differ for eachgrade as well. Early in the school year, counselors begin with parentmeetings. From there, the interactions between the counselors andtheir students include meetings in small groups and classroom guidtextand photo byTammy Harden GallowaySoon after graduating from Stetson University in Florida with aBachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, this New Jersey nativemoved to Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband, who was in the military.In Alaska, there were no open positions for a teacher. So Deniseserved as a departmental secretary at the University of Alaska.In that role, she found herself helping students select careers andoffering assistance whenever possible. Due to this experience, shebecame aware that she did not necessarily want to be limited toworking with one classroom of students for a year. Transferring withher husband’s military assignments from Alaska to Oklahoma andthen to Wisconsin, Denise received her Master’s degree in Counselingfrom the University of Wisconsin, while staying at home with hertwo young sons.When her husband retired from the military, the couple decided toreturn to the Atlanta area, which was home to Denise, who had livedhere from the age of eight until leaving for college. It was in ForsythCounty’s Settles Bridge Elementary School that she took her firstjob as a school counselor. In this position, Denise received her firstaward as a counselor, being named the 2007-2008 Forsyth CountyElementary School Counselor of the Year. She was also recognizedas the 2009 Region 2 Counselor of the Year, and the 2009 GeorgiaCounselor of the Year. Later she served as the counselor at JohnsCreek Elementary before moving to Lambert High School when itopened in 2009.24CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
ance. For seniors, college placement is addressed. For juniors, counselorsdeal with issues such as when to take the SAT. For sophomores, they introducethe idea of different careers and which classes would assist them inthat career. For freshmen, it is an introduction into high school, and stressingthe importance of a good GPA.As one of five counselors at Lambert High School, with each serving approximately460 students, Denise details a strategized calendar of addressingthe needs of each group. The group of counselors work as a team asthey transition through each of these steps. Denise smiles and says, “Weare a great team, and we all work well together. They are my friends. Theyare like family.”Denise feels that the entire staff at the high school works well together,respecting each other’s jobs and talents. Every member of the staff playsan important role in the lives of the students. “I’ve been lucky to work withsupportive principals and teachers who have treated the counselors as partof the team.”When asked what she hopes her legacy will be, Denise states, “That kidsand parents knew that I was here for them to help them achieve whatevergoal they had for themselves, whether it was academic, personal or careerrelated, and that they knew that somebody at school really cared.” And ofbeing a counselor, Denise says, “I really love what I do. I get to be with kids.I come to work every day with a smile on my face, and I leave work with asmile on my face.”Denise says,“I really love whatI do. I get to bewith kids. I cometo work every daywith a smile on myface, and I leavework with a smileon my face.”25 CountyLine | July 2012
Flames team member,Katie Harwell, practicingher cheer.Three Cheersfor theFlamestext and photography by Leah JordanPublisher’s Note: Leah Jordan is a rising sophomore,studying Journalism at Georgia State University.It’s a Friday evening, but rising seniors Christine Rueger and Kristen Hopper aren’t taking a breakfrom a week’s hard work. The two South Forsyth High School students are in the gym at FirstRedeemer Church coaching a cheerleading practice for young girls with special needs. Christineand Kristen put their idea for the Flames cheerleading team into action in January 2011. “We’vealways gone to the Special Olympics and wanted to do more. We thought cheerleading would besomething fun for little girls,” Kristen said. With a lot of work and motivation, the girls’ dreamcame to life. Once a special education teacher at South Forsyth sent an email to every other specialeducation teacher in the county, the First Redeemer Flames special needs cheerleading teamwas born through word of mouth, informational fliers and a lot of support from the community.Christine Rueger, Cheryl and Kristen HopperKristen’s mother, Cheryl Hopper, is the head coach, parent supervisorand point of contact for the team. She’s proud of her daughterKristen and her friend Christine for what they have achieved. “Therewould be no Flames if Kristen didn’t come to me and say, ‘wouldn’tit be great?’ I wanted to support her.” Technically, Cheryl is involvedwith the Flames because an adult leader is required, but her truemotivation is the help she wants to give her daughter Kristen andfriend Christine to pursue their passion in working with special needschildren. Cheryl discovered Kristen’s passion one day when she camehome from school with details of the special needs class she helped.“I was proud of Kristen for her work and accomplishments but did notunderstand her joy,” Cheryl said. “At the first practice, I did.”The time commitment from the coaches shows how dedicated they are to the team. Despite theamount of time they spend constantly planning practices, working with the girls and perfectingdetails, it is something the coaches truly enjoy. “This is my favorite thing to do,” Kristen said.Their efforts have visibly paid off—the program has grown and the Flames have gone from sevento ten girls this season. The two young coaches have had a plethora of rewarding experiences26CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
that serve as a constant reminder of why they lovethe Flames. “We’d have to force one girl onto thecompetition floor with a piggy back ride. By the end,she lit up and ran off saying, ‘I did it, I did it, I did it!’”Christine explained. “She was so proud of herself.”With girls of varying disabilities and personalities, thecoaches have learned that there is no way aroundthe unpredictability of practice and competition. “Onelittle girl ran off stage in the middle of the competitionto go give her mom a hug,” Cheryl explained.“Then she ran back to the floor and didn’t miss abeat.” Some of the girls get nervous, some get tiredand have to be carried and sometimes a girl simplywon’t want to participate in the routine when it’s timeto compete. Yet on competition day, the crowd supportand love for this team is almost tangible. Thecrowd cheers the girls on throughout their routineand dance, and by the end of the performance, isgiving a standing ovation. “We cry and the audiencecries too,” Christine said. The Flames are an ImpactCheerleading team and compete in the Fellowshipof Christian Cheerleaders events. They have alsoperformed at South Forsyth High School basketballgames.So what’s the future for the Flames once Kristen andChristine graduate? The goal is to find other youngladies to assume the coaching duties once they leavefor college. “I’ll still make the music, and we’ll alwayscome back to visit,” Kristen said. As far as their futurestudies go, Kristen is thinking about biochemistry,and Christine wants to be a speech therapist.Christine has used her experience with the Flames toencourage her future career choice. “I love workingwith young kids and making an impact on their lives,”Christine said. Parent supervisor Cheryl is committedto keeping the program running long after the girlshave to head off to school. “I’ll give the reins overwhen the time comes, but I have a feeling I’ll be hereawhile,” Cheryl said with a smile.From the little things to the big moments, Christineand Kristen have seen firsthand the changes in thegirls from day one through present time. Cheerleaderslook forward to weekly practice, make new friendsand genuinely feel loved. “We teach them that if theywork hard, they can do whatever they want. Peoplebelieve in them. The crowd stands up and cheersthem on,” Christine said. Kristen and Christine knowthey’re helping change the world one person at atime through the Flames. “Their smiles are verification,”Christine said.The Georgia State Competition TeamPhoto by Dan Hazelwood27 CountyLine | July 2012
2012Will DavisonMemorial ScholarshipAwardsGracie, Jinger, Will, and Gary DavisonForththe 6 consecutive year, the Will Davison Memorial Scholarship was awarded to a graduatingsenior at each of the five Forsyth County high schools. This scholarship is in memory of Will Davison,who passed away in July 2007 when he was four months old. His parents, Dr. Gary and JingerDavison, award this scholarship along with their daughter Gracie, to honor Will’s short life. The recipientsare selected by the Board of Directors of the Will Davison Memorial Foundation from applications thatinclude a personal essay with details about the applicant’s service to their community and their plans topursue a career in which they will serve others. A resume, transcript and three letters of recommendationare also included. All applicants must have a minimum 2.8 grade point average.The recipients of this year’s scholarships at West, Central, North and South Forsyth each received$1,000. Because of additional funds raised at Lambert, the recipient receives $5,000. Including thisyear’s awards, the Will Davison Memorial Scholarship fund has awarded a total of $47,000 in scholarshipsto 27 Forsyth County high school seniors.This year, Lambert High School senior, Meredith Harrison, and South Forsyth High School senior, AbbeyPhillips, were awarded the Will Davison Memorial Scholarship.MeReDitH HaRRiSONabbey PHilliPSMeredith Harrison is therecipient of the Will DavisonMemorial Scholarshipat Lambert HighSchool (LHS) and receiveda $5,000 award.Meredith will be attendingthe University ofMissouri, and she will major in either Occupational orSpeech Therapy. Her career goal is to help children byworking in a hospital, at a school, with a non-profit organizationor open a private practice. During her senioryear at LHS, Meredith spent time every day working withspecial needs students. She gives swimming lessons ather subdivision and especially enjoys teaching the childrenwith special needs. These experiences solidifiedMeredith’s decision to pursue a career that will enableher to work with children who have special needs. Aseither an occupational or a speech therapist, Meredithlooks forward to a career in which she can help childrento overcome their disabilities. “I am grateful and honoredto have been awarded this scholarship. It is humblingas I know this means so much to Dr. Davison, Mrs.Davison, and Gracie. I am confident I will put it to gooduse in my academic pursuits and look forward to givingback to this community in the future,” said Meredith.Abbey Phillips is the recipientof the Will DavisonMemorial Scholarshipat South ForsythHigh School (SFHS)and received a $1,000award. Abbey will be attendingNorth GeorgiaCollege, and she will major in Nursing. Her educationalgoal is to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree inNursing and her career goal is to become a registerednurse. While a student at SFHS, Abbey participated inRelay for Life, the Alzheimer’s Walk and helped all fouryears with fundraising and organizing Ride for Will, amajor fundraising event for the Will Davison MemorialScholarship. “I’ve supported the Davison’s a lot in thepast couple of years when it comes to fundraising forthis scholarship. I’m thankful to know that they’re goingto support my education by giving me this award. Iwant to be able to help people have a better life and byreceiving this award, they have helped me get one stepcloser to that goal,” said Abbey. For her, helping peopleand putting a smile on their face is the greatest reward,and Abbey is looking forward to being able to do this formany people when she becomes a nurse.28CountyLine | July 2012 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net
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Warming up for the 5K Scrub RunEMORY JOHNS CREEK HOSPITAL’SCommunity Healthcare Festival& 5K Scrub RunETHmory Johns Creek Hospital’s 4 annual CommunityHealthcare Festival & 5K Scrub Run was another successfulevent for the hospital and for those in the communitywho attended. The morning’s events kicked offwith the 5K Scrub Run at 8am. Among the 180 runners,were patients from the Atlanta Bariatric Center locatedat the hospital. There were also opportunities for walkersand a Fun Run for kids.And they’re off...Medical practices and healthy-choice vendorsprovided information and answered questions.Building race cars at the Kidz Zone.Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) staff provided complimentaryscreenings for cholesterol, glucose, bloodpressure, and bone density. The opportunity to schedulean appointment for a mammogram was available. EJCHrepresentatives were there to provide information on:rehabilitation and physical therapy, women’s services,emergency services, and the bariatric and pain centers.Medical and dental providers were there to discuss theirspecialty and answer questions. Many healthy optionservices such as fitness trainers, massage therapists,organic coffee, and water purification systems were exhibitors.The Johns Creek Fire Department brought oneof their engines and gave kids, both big and little, theopportunity to see the inside and answered questionsabout the services that they provide the community. TheJohns Creek Police Department’s K-9 Unit provided demonstrations,which is always a favorite. There was a KidzZone, with lots of fun activities, including race car kitsto build that were provided by Home Depot. The Life-South Blood Mobile was there to provide information andappreciated donations that they received. Food vendorsand a DJ added to the upbeat atmosphere of this eventthat was focused on healthcare and having fun!There were complimentary screenings.This year’s Healthcare Festival was presented in partnershipwith the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce andthe Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties.The proceeds from the 5K Scrub Run went to the EmoryJohns Creek Hospital 5K Fund, which will use these fundsto provide life-saving automatic electronic defibrillatorsto the community. The Community Healthcare Festival &5K Scrub Run is an annual event that takes place in May.For information about EJCH’s services and communityevents, visit: www.emoryjohnscreek.com.Patients from the Atlanta Bariatric Centerafter running in the 5K Scrub Run.