Camper Care Center at Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center Dedicated in Honor of Dr. Cary E. Stroud
Greenville, S.C. (August 3, 2017) – Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children, Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism, and GHS Children’s Hospital honored Dr. Cary E. Stroud as namesake of the Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center at Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center.
Dr. Cary E. Stroud was instrumental in the founding of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center in 1986. The center, now known as the BI-LO® Charities Children’s Cancer Center at Greenville Health System, has tripled in size and offers a complete range of treatments for patients with pediatric cancer or serious blood disorders. Dr. Stroud served as Medical Director until 2013, when he moved on to start the Supportive Care Team at GHS Children’s Hospital.
“This outstanding medical facility is a fine tribute to a superb physician who spent most of his professional career caring for Upstate children with cancer and blood disorders,” said Bill Schmidt, MD, PhD, the medical director of the GHS Children’s Hospital and vice president of development for the GHS Health Sciences Center. “The Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center sounds just right to me. It’s fitting that future campers will know his name and read about his unmatched compassion for children and their families.”
Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, home of Camp Courage and Camp Spearhead, is owned and operated by Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism and provides individuals with medical, physical or intellectual limitations a place to experience camp. The addition of the Dr. Stroud Camper Care Center will allow more individuals with illnesses and disabilities to attend camp.
“The Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center is a significant addition to the campus and was purposefully designed so when a camper must be in the center he or she can still see, hear, and feel the camp experience,” said Gene Smith, Executive Director of Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism. “This new facility increases our capacity to serve medically fragile campers. We are grateful for the private support of a public asset which will serve so many in Greenville County.”
Clement’s Kindness helped fund the development of the Camper Care Center with a major gift of $431,000 through their partnership with Camp Courage, a special camps program for patients and families of BI-LO® Charities Children’s Cancer Center.
“On behalf of Clement’s Kindness, we are thrilled to honor Dr. Stroud through the Camper Care Center,” said Suzy Haynsworth, Advisory Board Chair of Clement’s Kindness. “Dr. Stroud has dedicated his career to helping families facing life threatening illnesses, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor him for his commitment to improve care for pediatric cancer patients in our region.”
“I am deeply honored and humbled by seeing my name on this magnificent structure,” said Dr. Cary E. Stroud. “This Camper Care Center will make it possible for children now unable to attend camp to have a Camp Courage experience. I am extremely grateful to Clement’s Kindness for their steadfast and continuing commitment to make a difference by improving the lives of children and teenagers with cancer and chronic blood diseases.”
About BI-LO® Charities Children’s Cancer Center
The BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center at GHS Children’s Hospital has been providing leading-edge medical and psychosocial care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer or blood disorders since 1986. Today, the center is one of the most progressive children’s cancer treatment centers and serves approximately 300,000 patients in the upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina and northeastern Georgia.
About Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children
Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children was established at the Community Foundation of Greenville to help address the medical, psychological, social, emotional, and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders. The fund provides assistance to families facing the tremendous challenges surrounding a child’s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery through the administering of discretionary funds, psychological counseling, travel and living expenses and out-of-pocket costs.
About Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, just 30 minutes from Downtown Greenville, is a full service retreat center. With comfortable modern cabins a beautiful lodge and delicious food service, it is an ideal location for weddings, receptions, family reunions, church outings, and other group functions. The facility was built specifically to accommodate individuals with physical disabilities. This is a perfect place for everyone to escape the hustle of day-to-day life, participate in teambuilding exercises, or enjoy camp activities like archery and fishing.