Amy Hungerford, Summerville

Third place (3 of 4)

Honorable mentions

During this season of thanks, I am most grateful for having been introduced to Mrs. Whitney Ringler this past summer.

My husband had just been diagnosed with recurring lymphoma and was scheduled for a clinical trial that involved a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy.

I sat beside her at our children’s swim practice one day and immediately felt supported and encouraged by this woman who was sharing the intimate details of her son’s treatment from previous years.

She had never formally met me, but she went home that afternoon and emailed me pictures and information on her son’s stem cell transplant.

So, when I read up on her nonprofit organization, it came as no surprise to me what she has been able to accomplish in just a few short years.

Her son, Chase, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2007. He endured eight rounds of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, 14 rounds of radiation and anti-body therapy. Chase has been cancer-free for 4 years.

In 2009, Whitney founded Chase After a Cure to assist families who may not be so fortunate after realizing that there is little to no funding for childhood cancer. Since that time, her organization has raised almost $300,000 to donate to MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Whitney takes no salary. This is not a business en-deavor. Her devotion and passion for helping others truly makes her a woman I am thankful to have in my life.

Whitney’s sacrifice and hard work will touch not only those in the Greater Charleston area but also many other families that are touched by cancer. So many futures depend on finding a cure through the research that she selflessly supports.