• Supporting Your Community

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Imagine you’re a new parent who has just found out that your precious baby will need extra support in life, whether it’s specialized medical devices, an organ transplant, or fragile care.  Or imagine your child is struggling academically in school and has difficulty communicating...

  • Failure Is Not An Option

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director One of my favorite movies of all time is Apollo 13.  In this real life portrayal, the spacecraft was to be the third US mission to land on the moon.  However, an oxygen tank cracked mid-flight and gave little hope of returning the crew...

  • Leading With Passion

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Leadership doesn’t happen with a title. It happens through the passion of an individual.  No matter who you are, where you come from, where you work, or what position you hold, you can help lead our Upstate. Throughout my work in the non-profit sector,...

  • The Best Commencement Speech Never Given

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Winston Churchill is often cited as giving the shortest, but most powerful commencement address ever. The way I heard the story, it was 1941 when he visited his alma mater, Harrow School, in London.  Churchill stepped up to the podium and simply said “Never...

  • Investing in Your Team

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director One of the greatest gifts in life is a good education. A strong foundation of language, math, science, and history is the basis for getting a job, becoming financially independent, and contributing to the community. A good education opens up a world of opportunities...

  • A Shared Vision

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director I recently had the opportunity to walk along the boardwalk of the new Cancer Survivors Park in downtown Greenville.  Nestled between Falls Park and Cleveland Park, this unique space will be a treasure for our entire community.  After soaking up the raw beauty of...

  • One Bite at a Time

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Seventeen.  No, that’s not my age (I have three children – one in college).  Nor is it the number of pounds I want to lose next year (but would settle for half that).  Seventeen is actually the number of active goals I have right...

  • Celebrate Achievements

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Oprah Winfrey stated beautifully that, “the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”  This is so true, and we have more milestones to celebrate than we realize. Early in life, toddlers have key developments like grasping...

  • Finding Your Why

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Mayor Knox White frequently shares with other cities across the U.S. about what transformed Greenville into the thriving city we enjoy today.  “Find your waterfall,” is his phrase.  Of course, not all cities have a river that runs through them, or a waterfall that...

  • Competition vs. Collaboration

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    By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director In a free market society, competition is healthy.  We need competing entities to keep supply and demand in check, protect consumers from price gouging, and offer alternatives in customer service experiences.  This is capitalism at its best; it helps our economy to thrive. But...

  • Why the United Way Matters

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      By Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director With school back in session, the once-filled shopping aisles of endless supplies now lay bare or picked over.  Some families were able to take advantage of the tax-free weekend.  Others shopped early to ensure they had the best selections available.  Several organizations, including...

  • Financial Literacy: A Requirement for Stability

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director No matter your social status, zip code, or educational level, a basic understanding of money is required for financial stability.  You could earn a nice salary and still not have enough left over at the end of the month to buy basic food necessities. ...

  • Why We All Need A Vacation

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director It’s summer time!  While children lavish these long summer days and enjoy a more relaxing schedule, I have to admit that I also look forward to the smooth morning commutes of June and July.  There are no buses or school zones to slow me...

  • Never Stop Learning

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director One of the greatest gifts in life is a good education. A strong foundation of language, math, science, and history is the basis for getting a job, becoming financially independent, and contributing to the community. This gift opens up a world of opportunities and...

  • Volunteering at CDS

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect with your community.  It allows you to live your passion while making a difference in the causes that matter to you most. Here at CDS, we have numerous ways that students and adults can volunteer their time...

  • Comfortably Seated

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      by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Photo credit:  Better Tie Productions CDS is a place where over 6,000 children with disabilities or developmental delays come for therapy, diagnosis, and family support.  Each family has an incredible story.  Some of the children have overcome great odds already in their young...

  • Learn. Grow. Thrive

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      by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Our lobby is the hub of over 30,000 family visits each year (that’s almost 120 visits per day!). Some of our families may only visit a few times a year for an evaluation, diagnosis, or follow up. But most of the time, families...

  • Impacting Lives

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    by Kim Perez, CDS Coordinator of Outreach and Bilingual Services My journey with CDS started in April of 2015, when I applied for the job of my dreams without realizing it. Walking into CDS for the first time, I instantly felt the happiness. There were children playing, laughing, and enjoying...

  • Accessories Not Included

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director Imagine you’re a proud parent awaiting the birth of your child.  The nursery room is ready, the clothes are neatly folded into piles by size, and children’s books are stacked beside the rocking chair. When the big day arrives, you head to the hospital with...

  • Grateful Blessings

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director It has been my privilege to serve the CDS staff, our partners and over 6,000 families this year. As I look back over the past eleven months, I am truly humbled by what we’ve accomplished together. We began the year with a landscaping makeover,...

  • Austin ILV

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director I had the privilege of attending the Greenville Chamber of Commerce ILV last week in Austin, Texas.  The ILV is an Intercommunity Leadership Visit where several leaders in our community visit another city to learn how they have addressed similar issues regarding growth, business...

  • Making a Difference

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    by Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director I feel truly blessed to have the best job in the world. I have the privilege of coming to work each day knowing that I make a difference in the lives of 6,000 children and families with developmental delays and disabilities. It’s not actually...

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