Category: Inspiration Station

Child Life Specialists

By Meredith Flory   Mandy Lee is a Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, a job you may not have heard of but one that is vitally important to our community, particularly for families whose child is admitted to the hospital.  Dealing with an illness or injury can be scary and life changing for anyone but for a child those feelings may be amplified.  Lee shared that child life specialists work in a variety of ways, “with the entire family” to help prepare and support childhood hospital stays. She explains that Child Life Specialists have bachelor’s...

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International MOMS Club®

By Meredith Flory   International MOMS Club® is a non-profit, volunteer organization that aims to offer support and camaraderie to mothers looking for activities during the weekday.  Jenny Charles is the Augusta chapter President but she found MOMS Club® of Augusta when she was pregnant with her twin daughters. Visiting the monthly meet and greet for prospective members, she discovered a welcoming group free of the judgment that she was nervous about encountering as a new parent.  She remembers, “As I got to know other members, I learned things about toddlers and preschoolers from moms of children older than...

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South Aiken Physical Therapy & Wellness

Uses Boxing to Help Parkinson’s Patients Fight Their Way Out of the Corner. By Renee Williams   “I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson’s. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there’s freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn’t have otherwise found myself in.” – Michael J. Fox. Affecting over 5 million people worldwide, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that causes the decrease of dopamine, often characterized by symptoms such as slowed movement, tremor and rigidity. Carolyn McCoy, Certified...

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Greubel’s Mixed Martial Arts

By Dustin Turner In a nondescript building that looks more like a warehouse than a gym, Mark Greubel turns uncoordinated, nonathletic – and often overweight – people into kickboxing world champions. His true passion, however, is helping people. It started when he was growing up in the Barton Village area of Augusta. “I was about 14 when I got in a street fight over racist stuff. This guy thought I was Chinese and wanted to fight me for some reason,” Mark says, pointing out that he is Korean. “So I got into a street fight with this kid, and...

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Camp Wonderland

By Dustin Turner Camp Wonderland’s showcase was an intensely moving experience for Scott Seidl. He says, “In a time in our world when it seems there is so much darkness, this gives you hope and brings you some happiness.” Scott is the executive director and artistic director of the Augusta Players. Camp Wonderland, which recently completed its third year, is a summer camp that exposes children on the autism spectrum to two weeks of music, drama, movement and visual arts. Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that often makes it difficult for children to communicate and form relationships...

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