With such dramatic advancements in genetic disabilities it can leave a lot of room for questions. GGC’s commitment to providing support and answers to those impacted by genetic disorders extends beyond research. Find the answers you are looking for here, or contact us today.
Patient and Families
Are there volunteer opportunities with the GGC Foundation?
Yes! The GGC Foundation hosts several fundraising and awareness building events throughout the year. Our Gene League, a group of volunteers, works all
year long to plan Foundation events. We also hold Race the Helix 5K events across the state. Race the Helix
was started by the Shenal family who wanted to give back to GGC after receiving compassionate care for their daughter. The Greenwood Race the Helix
began in 2010, followed by annual events in Greenville (since 2015) and Charleston (since 2017). Volunteers are always needed for planning and on the
day of the events.
If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Amy Botts at 864-388-1801 or [email protected]
Can I designate my gift to a certain fund?
The GGC Foundation and all gifts received make an immediate impact on the operations of the Greenwood Genetic Center. Gifts may be designated to one of the below areas:
The GGC Annual Fund provides unrestricted support where the needs are most critical. These funds help in the following areas and may be designated to directly benefit the needs below.
- Diagnostic Services
Thousands of patient samples arrive at the Center each month as families look to GGC to help find a diagnosis. The GGC Foundation funding drives the daily search for answers for these families from across South Carolina and the world.
- Clinical and Treatment Services
Through the funding support of the GGC Foundation, the Center is making real progress in uncovering the basic processes that cause genetic disorders and identifying ways to treat or prevent their devastating effects.
The JC Self Research Institute at GGC is among the most successful genetic research programs in the world where underlying causes of birth defects and genetic disorders are continuously revealed. This life-giving research can only be accomplished through philanthropic contributions.
Funding from GGC Foundation donations is used to provide outreach educational opportunities for middle and high school students, train medical geneticists, provide courses and mentoring for college students, and continuing education for high school teachers. The Center also provides informational materials and programs to healthcare providers, families and communities across South Carolina and the world.
The GGC Board Endowment Fund is building a legacy of funds for GGC’s future. A percentage of earnings each year is used to benefit general needs as they arise.
What GGC initiatives are supported by the GGC Foundation support?
The GGC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Greenwood Genetic Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funds raised through the Foundation support a variety of initiatives and activities related to the Center’s mission including:
- Supporting families in need with vital clinical and diagnostic services
- Investing in research discoveries in autism, intellectual disabilities, and birth defects
- Funding STEM education outreach to inspire students and teachers
- Purchasing equipment that may not otherwise be available
- Funding special projects such as telegenetics to improve patient access to services
- Securing GGC to serve families for generations to come