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The Graham Foundation Awards $30,000 Gift to CDS

The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Graham Foundation to fund a Pool Pack that stabilizes the humidity and temperature of the children’s therapy pool.  This critical piece of equipment will replace a 16-year old unit that had significant repair issues and was taken out of service over the summer.  “We are grateful to the Graham Foundation for helping us with this unexpected need,” said Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director.

Children who participate in aquatic therapy at CDS are treated by physical and occupational therapists in Kidnetics, a department of the GHS Children’s Hospital, and a partner in the building.  “The pool provides a unique environment to enhance therapy sessions and allows more freedom of movement for many of our children.  It goes without saying that it is also a really fun place for them to receive treatment,” said Janine Sally, Director of Kidnetics-GHS.

The Graham Foundation is a private family foundation based in Greenville, S.C.


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About CDS
CDS is the largest multi-disciplinary treatment facility in the Upstate for children with disabilities and developmental delays. In one location, children receive services in therapy, diagnosis, school placement, day care needs for the medically fragile, and a family support network. The partnership is comprised of Clarity; Family Connection of SC; the Preschool Special Education Program of Greenville County Schools; KidVentures of Thrive Upstate (formerly the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board); and four programs of the Greenville Health System: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Kidnetics, The Wonder Center, and Prosthetics and Orthotics. CDS and its partners serve over 6,000 children and their families each year on property donated by the First Presbyterian Church at 29 North Academy Street in Greenville. For more information about CDS or its partners, visit