Elizabeth HancockFounder of Hilton Head’s Friends of the Children volunteer group drives fundraising for 16 years, celebrates launch of new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

The recent groundbreaking ceremonies for the Medical University of South Carolina’s new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital were emotional for Elizabeth Hancock. The Hilton Head Island attorney, philanthropist, wife and mother finally took some time to reflect on her contribution to the facility and its evolution. But “this milestone has so little to do with me,” Hancock says. She credits the dedicated group of women who supported her as she led the volunteer group Friends of the Children to raise awareness and money for the MUSC Children’s Hospital over the past 16 years.

For people looking to bring their lives and bodies back into balance through natural means, crossing paths with local health and wellness advocate Amy Spadafora-Thompson is quite the boon.

Spadafora-Thompson's journey into the world of alternative remedies started in 1994, after she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and depression. When modern medicine offered no solutions she found acceptable, Spadafora-Thompson began researching alternative medicine and nature based healing philosophies. She soon headed west, to the School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, Colorado, where she spent a year serving as an apprentice and two years as school administrator, eventually graduating with diplomas in Iridology, Herbal medicine and Naturopathy.

Community comes together to help dying man marry the love of his life

Wedding vows are always poignant, but a typical bride and groom commit to each other “in sickness and in health” and “’till death do us part” at a happy time in their lives, years removed from when any such hardships will be faced.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 35 million Americans are 65 years and older, with almost half older than 75. An aging population comes with benefits and challenges. Many older Americans are in good health, are still participating in their communities, and are choosing to “age in place,” which for many translates to living at home and being cared for by their adult children. With the rise of this home caregiving and other assisted-living options for seniors, a new wealth of living options has allowed seniors to choose between living independently with family, a professional caregiver or both.

According to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Hilton Head boasts eight of the world’s top 100 tennis resorts and camps. And whether you’re a singles player or doubles champ, or whether you play for fun or are working up the USTA ranks, you know tennis serves up a workout that requires mobility, mental focus, flexibility and strength — all of which can be improved by these five yoga poses and techniques.

Russ Brown, a resident of Hilton Head Island since 1974 and president and CEO of RBC Enterprises, lost his 27-month fight with acute myeloid leukemia on August 12, 2014.

Shortly after his diagnosis, Brown became determined to start a foundation to help beat this disease that greatly impacts so many lives.  Unfortunately, Brown wasn’t able to see his final wish come to life — but others have stepped in to help.


Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving — and maintaining — a healthy smile. Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck between teeth.

The following are specific symptoms typically associated with certain cancer types:


Some common gastrointestinal cancer symptoms include: cramps, bloating, gas pain, changes in bowel/bladder habits, constipation, diarrhea, bloody stools, rectal bleeding, anemia, and/or jaundice. Learn more about symptoms of colorectal cancer.


Some common gynecologic cancer symptoms include: abnormal vaginal bleeding (after menopause, between periods, following sexual intercourse), pain during intercourse, pelvic/back pain, pain on urination, and/or watery, white or pinkish vaginal discharge. Learn more about symptoms of ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, or cervical cancer.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:


oralhealthDid you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless. Normally the body's natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.