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Happy New Year! It is now officially 2020 and, believe it or not, next year “millennial” babies will be 21 and legally able to drink. How crazy is that? Time flies by. In fact, I just bought a new refrigerator for the house. After 20 years of extremely hard usage by our family, it was time for a new one. As I shopped for the new family fridge, I was amazed by the advances in refrigerator technology. One even had an LED screen built into the door. Usually I am a traditionalist, but I opted for a white Whirlpool with the freezer on the bottom. With all the stainless-steel fridges being sold, white is now a special-order color. Times sure change. The old fridge had plenty of family history hanging magnetically on it. Cruise pictures from 2002. Snow pictures from the Lexington blizzard of 2009. Basketball player of the game pictures circa. 2010. It was a treasure trove of memories getting the old Amana ready to be put out to pasture. I can’t believe how fast it all flew by. The new fridge is clean for now. Boringly white, with no photographic decorations, I know it will fill up fast with graduation pictures, weddings, and one day hopefully some grandbaby pictures. When it comes time to replace this fridge in 20 years, both Donna and I will be on social security. Ouch! I am planning to use this new year to evaluate and plan for what God has in store for me and my family in the 2020’s. Best wishes to you and your family for a happy, safe, and prosperous 2020! Congratulations to all the winners of the Best of Lexington 2020! Thanks to all the nominees and people that voted! Thanks for reading Lexington Life!

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by Jackie Perrone

Jen Thompson Jen Thompson thought she was planning her life with appropriate education and experience. Then her mission spoke up and grabbed her. Now she’s fully dedicated to the cause of Women at Risk and giving it her best to combat the awful problem of human trafficking in our area. This Midlands native grew up in Cayce, where her parents still live. After attending Grace Christian School, she earned a degree in mass communications at North Greenville College, followed by certification at USC Upstate in Physical Ed. For 14 years, she taught and coached sports at local schools, enjoying the physical and academic activity. In 2013, she earned a master’s in educational leadership at the University of South Carolina, planning to move into school administration. Always active in her church, she found that God had other plans for her, introducing her to Andrea Winn and Bob Healy and the Lighthouse for Life organization. “I heard them speak in 2014, about Women at Risk right here in South Carolina. The more I read and studied, the more I realized this is where I need to focus my energies. I started volunteering at the Lighthouse, going to community events, working at fundraising and getting out the word to women who need us. I was offered a job here, still unpaid, and, by July of 2016, I was hired as a full-time employee. I became executive director, and now the title is C.E.O. We spend all our time finding ways to reach out to the victims of human trafficking, and helping them get the help they need to escape.” She says they offer speaking programs and events to schools, churches, community clubs, and anyone who wants to learn more about what can be a hidden menace in our society. “Some people are actually kidnapped,” she says. “More often, these slick operators spread lies to vulnerable people, telling them they can earn good money and live a safe life, until they are trapped in an awful system of sex trafficking.” lexingtonlife.com

The Lighthouse enjoys practical help from a wide number of volunteers. They pack what they call “Freedom Bags” for victims, with hygiene items and some clothing, for the changes in lifestyle. Radius Church in Lexington provides office space rent-free as well as monetary donations to the Lighthouse. Other sponsors have stepped up with money and workers, and this organization enjoys a close relationship with law enforcement officers. “We don’t get involved with law enforcement ourselves,” says Jen. “But we can put a victim in touch with an officer who can help her escape her captors. “Also, sometimes children are involved in this, and we are working now to set up a safe home for teenaged children. There are community resources for these victims, and we help them make the right connection. We campaign for legislation to help stamp it out; Attorney General Wilson has been very helpful to us. “Most people have no idea of the awful things that are going on all around us.” Jen appreciates her own background of a happy and safe family life, which she wishes everyone could enjoy. Her parents and two brothers and their families all live close by. n January 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17


Leo’s Pride Love Every One Community inclusion is the motivation and message that the Bugenske family chose to embrace after their son Leo was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in infancy. Because they want to be inside of every moment of the life they have together, they began looking for opportunities to help others do the same. From a Facebook page to a successful fundraising foundation, “Leo’s Pride” has endeavored to seek effective ways to achieve positive change throughout the community.

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by Marilyn Thomas

Meredith and Adam Bugenske are life-long local residents and former high school sweethearts, joined in marriage in 2008. Their journey led them from downtown Columbia into a restored historic landmark that previously functioned as a stagecoach and tavern but had been relocated to a 15-acre wooded lot in Chapin. This dynamic couple enjoyed sports together, graduated from college, and established careers in physical therapy and immunology before they welcomed their first child. In 2013, Leo was born. After a difficult birth, the couple was told that the newborn’s poor muscle tone was not necessarily a cause for concern. When his symptoms continued, the couple were referred to specialists who arrived at a daunting conclusion: Leo had SMA

type 1, which, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, is caused by a genetic deficiency of a certain protein; without it, the body’s muscles become extremely weak. Type 1 is the severest form of the disease and is the most common genetic cause of mortality in infants. “We were told that he would have eight months to two years when he was diagnosed at three weeks,” says his father, but Leo has defied those odds. Three years ago, he was prescribed a medication by specialists at the University of Virginia that halted the disease’s progression. “He’s just turned six and what was originally considered a terminal diagnosis very much feels not that way at all. It feels like we’ve got a diagnosis, but we are absolutely living an incredible life together.” lexingtonlife.com


Shortly after his birth, his parents started a Facebook page called “Leo’s Pride,” as a way to share updates about their son’s health and life. Eventually, the social media page was used to promote a special five-kilometer (5k) “Go Leo Go” race (or one-mile walk) to celebrate their son’s first birthday, raise

tism, Down syndrome” race to the finish line because “Everybody gets a chance to compete.” In the fall of 2019, a record-breaking turnout completed the 5k at a different destination: a newly built, “inclusive” playground called Leo’s Landing, which was funded by Leo’s Pride, and

“He’s just turned six and what was originally considered a terminal diagnosis very much feels not that way at all. It feels like we’ve got a diagnosis, but we are absolutely living an incredible life together.” awareness for SMA, and solicit funding for research and medical equipment. Because of the community’s support, the Bugenske family was able to purchase a medically accessible van that “was critical to Leo being able to safely get to his appointments and safely get back out into his community,” says Mr. Bugenske. “That van opened our community back up to us, so we wanted to be able to create those same opportunities for other families.” Because of this opportunity in 2015, “We decided to turn Leo’s Pride from just a Facebook page into a foundation and create an opportunity to raise money and to identify families like ours,” says Leo’s father. The purpose of that foundation is clearly defined by its directive to “Love Every One,” an acronym created from Leo’s first name. Initially, all donated proceeds were designated to assist with SMA research as well as medical equipment provided by Cure SMA, a national organization that loans special technologies to families at no cost. Later, this focus shifted to projects that promote inclusion and help purchase medically accessible vans for families in need. The Go Leo Go 5k is the main source of fundraising for the foundation, and the event is held each year at Saluda Shoals Park the last weekend in October, as Leo’s birthday is November 1. On race day, national fitness groups sponsor warm-up activities and loan out racing wheelchairs, while participants show up in their Halloween costumes with decorated strollers and wheelchairs. The “favorite part about Go Leo,” adds Mr. Bugenske, is the Lion Heart Dash, a shorter race that exclusively spotlights all “special and exceptional athletes.” As onlookers cheer, “Kids in wheelchairs, kids with ADHD, aulexingtonlife.com

is located at the St. Andrews entrance of the Saluda Shoals Park. The idea for this inclusive playground originated with Leo’s mother after they visited the park in 2016. Because physical barriers prevented those in wheelchairs from accessing the playground equipment there, Mrs. Bugenske email-blitzed the affiliates of the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission seeking a solution. A plan began to develop, and Dolly Patton of the Saluda Shoals Foundation helped champion the cause. The grand opening of Leo’s Landing was August 24, 2019, and Leo’s grandfather, who lives in Chapin and owns Contract Construction, was able to oversee the building process. “That building community has really rallied around our cause because they appreciate seeing something being built in the community that creates an impact like Leo’s Landing will create,” says Mr. Bugenske. “This is a playground for everybody to come and play on,” says Mr. Bugenske. “whether you are a child who has some special need or if you are a grandparent or parent that has limited mobility. Every single piece of the playground was thoughtfully and specifically chosen to meet the need of a child that would be there.” It features complete accessibility, slides that stimulate the senses, a large swing that can accommodate a wheelchair, components that are imprinted with Braille and sign language, a ramp that anyone can ride or walk along, a section of musical instruments, and a several other surprises. Additionally, a nearby family changing room was also constructed and specifically designed to accommodate those with special needs. Because of positive experiences at similar parks in Chicago and Myrtle January 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19


Beach, the Bugenske family wants the playground to achieve the higher purpose of encouraging inclusion among the young. “If you create a space where it comes naturally to kids,” explains Mr. Bugenske, “the hope is, as they grow up and become leaders of their generation, they don’t think about inclusion anymore,” and, ultimately, they will learn “through inclusion that that’s the way life should be.” Leo’s family longs to see everyone accepted as a part of the local community. “I think that we cherish the opportunity where somebody just engages us, and engages our children in a way where it’s not sympathy or empathy,” says Mr. Bugenske. “You just want somebody to come up and to say ‘hey’ and very simply treat [Leo] like he’s anybody else.” “[Leo] doesn’t see himself as different,” says his father, “although he knows that there are some things that are different about him.” Because SMA does not affect his cognitive ability, he is a typical six-year-old in many ways. Leo loves his parents and younger siblings and likes music, camouflage, super

heroes, Star Wars, and knock-knock jokes. As a huge Clemson fan, he is also a member of the therapeutic recreation “T-Rex” sports team. The Make-a-Wish foundation has even built a small barn on their property, which houses a miniature horse, a pig, goats, and chickens. He attends kindergarten at Chapin Elementary School, and his wheelchair is outfitted with special equipment, such as a Tobii, which is “a communication device that allows him to use his eyes on a computer screen to make selections that act as his voice.” “We would never want Leo to have gotten this diagnosis,” Mr. Bugenske adds, but, “I think that we are extremely happy with the way it’s shaped our life and what it’s allowed us to be able to do, not just for Leo but to do for others. It’s allowed us to be in the moment, inside of every moment. When you are told you have a very limited amount of time with somebody, you appreciate those moments, so it’s taught us to be very present.” The Bugenske family is open to assisting others dealing with a difficult childhood diagnosis,

and Leo’s father specifically mentions Hayes Wingard, another young Lexington resident with SMA. His family will be hosting the fifth annual Hayes’ Heroes Evening of Hope, a fundraising gala, on February 22, 2020. For more details and to buy tickets, visit the event website at http://events.curesma.org/hayesheroes. Leo’s father also says, “If there are people looking inside of their own communities to find additional ways for us to be able to come in and educate or fundraise, we want to continue to spread our message of inclusion and opportunities for inclusion and the idea of Love Every One.” The Bugenske family can be contacted by email at leospride.org@gmail.com, through their website at www.leospride.org, or via Leo’s Pride Facebook page. “If Meredith and I could, we would want to say thank you to everybody,” he concludes. “We are thankful for our life and the opportunity to do the things that we get to do through our foundation because we know how powerful and impactful and important it is.” n

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RUNNING WITH YOUR

DOG What You Need to Know Before Heading Out By Kristen Carter

Running regularly is a great way to gain and maintain both physical and mental health. And studies have found that if you work out with one or more partners you are more likely to form a habit and see lasting results. According to statistics, 73% of Americans already have a willing running partner in their homes - their dog! Still, it’s not advisable just to start running with your dog. Here’s what you should know. Not all Dogs are Created Equally

Not all dogs are built to go on runs. Follow these tips to ensure your dog is fit to be your running partner:  Avoid running with short-nosed dogs (also called brachycephalic), like pugs and bulldogs, who tend to overheat easily. Visit the American Kennel Club (AKC) website to find a list of good running breeds.  Take your pup to the vet. Get him a check-up to make sure he’s well enough for running. Ask your vet for advice about keeping him safe and healthy while running.  Wait until your puppy’s joints and bones are fully formed. Running with a very young dog can damage her joints and bones. Most puppies are fully developed by about 8 months to 1 year. Ask your vet when your pup will be fully-grown and ready to hit the trails.  Listen to your dog. Even within a breed, individual dogs have differing health, stamina, and weaknesses. If your dog slows down, stops, or starts limping or panting hard and fast, it’s time to end your run.

dents during your run. Here’s how:  Teach him basic commands. These include sit, stay, leave it, and proper leash walking. It is even possible to teach him to potty on demand, to eliminate unnecessary stops during your workout. Be sure to have him practice focusing on you amidst distractions.  Build up gradually. A dog who’s used to sitting around most of the time is just as unprepared to run as a human would be. Try a beginner 5K training plan or start with a ten minute run and add five more minutes each week.  Plan your route ahead of time. Time of day, terrain, and distractions you might encounter are all things to think about when deciding where to run. Remember that your pup cannot

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do to have your pup associating running with pain.  Limit leash slack to maintain control and avoid getting tangled. Your dog should be able to comfortably lower his head but should not be able to cut in front or in back of you.  Keep yourselves hydrated. You should not let your pup drink from puddles or other water you find lying around. Bring plenty of clean water for both of you and a bowl that your pup can drink from comfortably.  Pay attention to her paws. Avoid running on very hot or cold surfaces, and steer clear of sharp or jagged debris. Stop your run if she is limping or licking her paws. Be sure to inspect them before and after every run and clean them when you return home.  Reward your dog after your run. Avoid icy water and food or treats within one hour after your workout (and before it as well). Instead, use praise or attention, exploration or potty time, and cool or air-temperature water. If you’re looking for a running buddy, you might not need to look any further than your own home. Your dog is your best friend, so who could be a better partner? Follow these safety tips so you and your dog can improve your health and strengthen your bond at the same time. n January 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23


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NEW YEA By Robin Howard

When faced with the blank canvas of a new year, most of us resolve to eat better or save more money to make the next 12 months better than the last. However, evidence proves that more money does not ultimately make us happier, and there is little evidence that losing inches is a magic bullet. One of the reasons New Year’s good intentions tend to sputter out in the first weeks is that many of our resolutions have to do with eliminating the symptoms of negative behaviors instead of changing behaviors that lead to more of what we don’t want. We don’t take time to get to know ourselves, or our real motivations, to make a lasting change. What kind of resolutions could we make this year that would truly make 2020 the year of positive change? New research and new technologies could provide some insights.

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Check Something Off Your Bucket List

Having a bucket list helps you become aware of what’s really important to you. It ensures that you’re putting your time, money, and effort into doing things that energize you and make life more enjoyable. Having a bucket list also gives you a channel for spending money on experiences instead of things, which research shows make us happier, more grateful, and more content. For example, let’s say you find spare cash under your sofa cushions, and you’re trying to decide whether to spend the windfall on a new television or checking parasailing off your bucket list. If you want to be happier, Thomas Gilovich, a happiness researcher at Cornell University, says skip the television and go on the adventure. Choosing experiences over things may seem counterintuitive, i.e., you’ll be able to enjoy a new TV for years while your parasailing experience will be over in an afternoon. However, that’s not how long-term happiness


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Three Life-Changing Resolutions works. If you buy the television, it will give you an emotional boost for about two weeks. Then, a hardwired process called “adaptation” takes over, and your new TV becomes part of the landscape of everything else you take for granted. If you go parasailing, the experience becomes part of who you are. You’ll have a story to remember, enjoy, and tell over and over again. Experiences also help us feel more engaged, content, and grateful. “When you come home from a vacation, you are likely to say ‘I feel so blessed I got to go,’” Gilovich says. Using money for experiences rather than stuff can also help you challenge yourself, expand your horizons and skills, and connect with new people.

Create Tech-free Time

On average, Americans spend an average of 11 hours a day watching, reading, interacting with, or listening to media on a device. In a survey by the American Psychological Association, 18% of adults said ever-present technology is a significant source of stress in their lives. Another study found that heavy tech use is linked to sleep disruption, loneliness, depression, and increased anxiety. If your aim is to reduce fatigue, stress, and anxiety in the coming year, you may not need to work less, exercise more, or start meditating. Merely carving out tech-free time may be the best resolution you can make to reduce stress and anxiety. Consider setting aside one day a week as a tech-free day or reserving a few hours in the evening as device-free. If you have a hard time going no-tech for several hours at a time, at least set limits on device usage during meals, at bedtime, when you’re trying to focus on a project, or when spending time with friends and family. “Not having technology allowed me to think about life priorities instead of always thinking about work, or what other people were doing,” says Andrea Collins, a writer who gave up technology as an experiment. Collins says in her first week without tech, she found herself naturally drawn to lexingtonlife.com

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taking long walks, reconnecting with her family, trying new recipes, and getting more sleep. In other words, instead of relying on self-discipline to force yourself to exercise, spend time with loved ones, or learning new things, you may need to create space for those things to happen naturally.

Get Your Finances in Order

Saving more and spending less are noble goals, but improving your money flow – and reducing financial stress – may be a matter of getting organized. Disorganization, including not having a budget, not knowing how much debt you have, and not having specific savings or debt reduction goals, can lead to constant anxiety. A better resolution than “save more” is to take time to complete an honest and thorough evaluation of your real expenses, debts, and assets, then create a realistic budget. “I am a big believer that orderliness begets wealth,” says financial guru Suze Orman. If staying within a budget is your resolution, user-friendly apps now make it easier than ever to monitor spending, save money automatically, and determine what you need

to change to live within your means. Getting in the habit of using a mobile app for budgeting means you can see where you’re at with monthly spending in real-time, no matter where you are. Some award-winning apps that are new or expanded this year include: • Mint: Connects to all of your financial accounts and generates easy-to-read real-time reports about spending. • You Need A Budget (YNAB): A debt reduction, savings, and budget-tracking app that comes with truckloads of easy-to-follow advice for living within your means. • Acorns: A micro-investing app that allows you to automatically invest spare change by rounding up purchases to the nearest dollar. Want to save more money this year? Financial planners agree that saving more can be an easy byproduct of being financially honest, aware, and organized. Whatever your goals for 2020, if you’re starting to think about how you’ll improve life next year, remember that simple shifts in behavior – and understanding your real motivations – may yield better results than self-discipline. n

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What Is a Weighted and How Does It Help with Autism Spectrum, Anxiety and ADHD? By Marcy Roberts

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receive and control the areas that you receive it in, you can easily adjust a weighted blanket for the right kind of pressure and coverage. If you are hyposensitive, weighted blankets can offer firm and unrelenting pressure when you fully cover yourself, as well. Whether you have autism spectrum, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, insomnia or fibromyalgia, the controlled pressure that a weighted blanket applies to your body may help alleviate most of the symptoms that you experience. What an easy, inexpensive way to provide warmth, comfort and security in your own home without medications, evaluations or invasive treatments. Weighted blankets are definitely worth a try for the minimal amount of effort and expense required for treatment. n January 2020 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35


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Trending New Exercise-

Pickleball It has been proven that exercise relieves stress, facilitates weight loss, increases energy and muscle tone, improves mood, alleviates chronic health conditions, and slows advancement of many diseases. However, as adults age, they may become physically stagnant and get bored with their normal exercise routine. Perhaps you need something more engaging or competitive, have you considered pickleball? By Chelsie Kelly

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Many people have never heard of pickleball, but that may be due to lack of exposure. Pickleball is similar to racquet sports as it combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Lynn Hibino, ambassador for Columbia South Carolina Pickleball, describes the sport as “highly addictive.” She explains that the sport is not as physically hard on the body as tennis would be, and it’s not as fast. Due to this, there are many different ages of people that play. “It could be a 10-year-old and someone who is 92 playing together. It’s amazing,” says Hibino. “It’s for any age, gender, size. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Lynn explains that pickleball is not a seasonal sport and can be played year-round and in every state, with at least two tournaments a month. Some people play at the Jewish Community Center, the Tri-City Leisure Center or Trenholm Park, as well as the Cayce Tennis Center and the Camden Pickleball Plaza. “We play every chance we get,” says Lynn. “I go once a week to Charlotte to play with the ladies in my age group and skill level to compete in a more advanced game.” While Lynn clearly enjoys the sport, she isn’t the only one: Pickleball was already gaining momentum in the area for at least a year before she started. When she became an ambassador, her goal was to let people know when and where to play. Lynn’s group started with 30 people on her list and has expanded to 200, with a monthly newsletter and Facebook page called “Pickleball of Greater Columbia.” “We can’t get people to understand how fast pickleball is growing,” Lynn explains. “Columbia doesn’t pick up on things quickly, but it’s great for the community.” She encourages people to try it out and not to be fooled by the name. There are several theories as to how the sport was created and named. The most popular being there was a family who wanted to create a new sport to entertain their children. They had a dog named Pickles who would chase the ball, and they decided to name the sport “pickleball” after him. Lynn and Caroline Slovic, avid players lexingtonlife.com


and ambassadors for the Lexington County Pickleball Group, both confirm the story. Caroline moved to Lexington from New York two and a half years ago and discovered pickleball online. She plays at the Lexington County Tennis Complex two to three times a week and originally found other players through a meetup group. After just six months, she started the Facebook page “Lexington SC Pickleball Group.” “We are always willing to teach newcomers,” says Caroline. Not only does the sport provide the opportunity to make new friends, but it allows people to get ex-

“It could be a 10-year-old and someone who is 92 playing together. It’s amazing. It’s for any age, gender, size.” ercise. “A lot of tennis players have problems with knees and elbows and switch to pickleball because it’s not as hard on your body,” Caroline continues. While Lynn has an athletic background, Caroline and her husband Joe do not. “We are not really into any big sports; pickleball is our main thing. It’s open to anyone whether they are athletic or not,” she says. According to Joe, occasionally the beginners will gather in one court and the more advanced in another to avoid being intimidated. But he wants everyone with an interest in joining pickleball to know there is nothing to be intimidated by or afraid of. Pickleball is easy to learn at any age; participants do not have to be in athletic condition, or have any history with sports to play. The most important benefit of the game is that it brings the community together and creates an atmosphere of comradery. Lynn reiterates that, “Pickleball is fun and a good way to meet people. there are people from all walks of life and all ages; that’s the most beautiful part for me.” n lexingtonlife.com

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Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Monday, September 1, 2019, on Marsh Harbor’s shores – the Abaco Islands’ commercial hub and the Bahamas’ third-largest city. It then encompassed Grand Bahama, where it sat for another 24 hours, resulting in the complete shutdown of all Abaco Islands and parts of Grand Bahama. Brandon Liles, private pilot and owner of Exit Realty in Chapin, SC, was at the ready with his four-passenger plane. His friend, Craig Summerall, owner of Exit Realty in Lexington, SC, brought relief supplies, e.g., food, blankets, water, bug spray, etc., for him to load and transport to Abaco. Liles then set out to help others, not realizing the magnitude of what he was about to embark upon. “It started as a desire to help friends,” Brandon says, friends he had made over years of vis-

iting the Abaco Islands. Yet, more than that, he simply has a heart to help people in need. Prior to Dorian, Brandon used his plane to help with Hurricane Florence relief efforts in North Carolina. He had no way of knowing how it would prepare him for what was to unfold with Hurricane Dorian. Brandon grew up in Columbia, SC, and graduated from Irmo High School and USC. His passion for aviation led him to take his first flight at age 15, soloing at age 16. Even though decades passed without flying, his love for piloting never died. Returning to the hobby resulted in earning a private license in 2015 and just recently a commercial license. As the first non-native pilot flying into the Bahamas on Thursday, September 6, 2019, Brandon stepped up to the challenge of flying over 15

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Allbritton of Charleston, SC, widow to another heart-for-people pilot, Joseph Allbritton. Along with many other projects, Wes would later help Morgan ship out nearly 800 pounds of donated firefighting gear via Paradise Fund and Operation Air Drop. Morgan’s efforts have aided in the rescue of many, including a family trapped for eight days before being airlifted. Together, Brandon, Craig, Wes, and Morgan decided to form the SC Abaco Relief organization in order to better meet the great and urgent needs of Dorian survivors. The team’s mission is to fill in gaps left by the government and other organizations on the ground that cannot give attention to each individual need due to the vast overload of demand. The affected areas of the Bahamas, an area as large as the entire state of South Carolina, went from paradise to what has been described as post-apocalyptic within 24 hours. There is simply not enough government assistance, from Bahamas or the United States, to meet the amount of critical immediate

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Twenty- Twenty Speak these words: Twenty-Twenty. One thinks of the clarity of vision. There’s no such thing as coincidence. All the tiny pieces we experience join to other unseen pieces to form God’s jigsaw puzzle. We forget the big picture is not our business. Our business is to see clearly. The big picture belongs to God. The important thing is focus. There are three big topics: God, Country, Family. Proper dealings on all three requires intense inner focus. The only way one can focus on God is to continually seek clarity. Our unchanging God appears fuzzy and vague, but it’s not God who’s fuzzy and vague. Increased clarity about God’s hand makes all other topics clearer. It’s a non-stop vision test where many shiny objects compete. It’s difficult to focus on our country. The national fabric is a tough topic, as we witness its unravelling. Lack of focus on God is part of it -- our culture is mentally lazy. One is a thread of the fabric whether or not one chooses to be a strong thread. There is undeniably a malicious and destructive tearing alongside the lazy unravelling. I have no good solutions for these malicious acts. Our country is like one giant orchard. We are both tree and caretaker. The best one can do is to be clear about the fruit of nearby trees. The most helpful thing is to learn about the plans and instructions left by those who originally laid out the orchard. Our history is a record of how the orchard has been carefully tended and purposely destroyed. Orchard-tenders must be diligent, because the destroyers are diligently seeking to cut it down. The most difficult focus is one’s family. Often our family becomes the close friends we choose, while one’s flesh and blood can sadly be some of the most destructive forces we know. We must reconcile our innermost conflicts. This is a lifetime of work. As our inner conflicts disappear, our family will become clear and strong. It will become evident as we study God and Country how our family stands relative to those two. History tells there were times when our ancestors proved themselves under fire. Women loaded the rifles while men took aim and killed an enemy. Those were terribly clear and focused times. One should consider who one would depend on in similar circumstances. We struggle on a path of shimmering briers tearing at everything we are. We’ll finish the journey by close conversation with God, so it’s a good idea to be talking to God now. We need God’s guidance to improve things however we can so our family has half a chance.

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