Belle Hall Elementary PTA’s Biggest Fundraiser Raises Over $80,000

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4TH Annual Color Blast Run Raises over $80,000 in Donations in Twelve Days?

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC, November 13 – ?The Belle Hall Elementary (BHE) PTA has concluded their 4th Annual Color Blast Run fundraiser, collecting donations exceeding $80,000 over the course of a twelve-day campaign.

Each student is asked to raise a minimum of $100. Prizes and incentives on the student, class, and grade level are awarded based on total amounts raised. Students are gently blasted with colored powders during the Color Blast Run by PTA volunteers, while being cheered by hundreds of family members and friends. The run was held on Friday, November 2nd, during school hours, so each child could participate.

“Our Color Blast Run fundraising goal this year was $50,000, so to raise $80,062 is remarkable.” says April Coleman, BHE PTA Color Blast Run Coordinator. “We have the most generous families and community. And the students absolutely love this event!”

This grassroots event is organized and produced exclusively by parent volunteers. All proceeds go directly to Belle Hall Elementary to fund crucial staff positions, materials, and essential programs not covered by the Charleston County School District (CCSD). These additional resources supply teachers and students with the tools they need for the best education possible.

BHE’s Color Blast Run has been such a success that PTAs from across CCSD have reached out for guidance in coordinating their own similar programs.


If you would like more information about this topic, please call Leigh Brunet at 404.202.3714 or email

Crumbs4Charleston Fundraiser – Send a Local Baked Good and Support Fields for Families

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I am pumped to be partnering with Fields to Families?for #Crumbs4Charleston this March and April, offering the below three baked goods, with 100% of proceeds going towards the organization.

All orders placed by Friday at midnight will be delivered to your door that same Sunday. Due to work travels, the next round of deliveries will be made on Sunday, April 22.

Free deliveries for all downtown, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley and James Island orders.

Have a question about #Crumbs4Charleston? Wish to include a special note with your order? Shoot me an email at

Where Fields to Families?

As someone who is passionate about all things food-related, I was thrilled to learn about a non-profit in our own Charleston backyard serving as the link between local farms and feeding the hungry. Founded in 2006, Fields to Families has worked to distribute an average of 80,000 pounds of free, local produce every year to families in need in the Tri-Country area. How does Fields to Families work? When farmers have fruit and vegetables that they can spare, either because they can’t harvest them in time or because they simply can’t use them, they contact Fields to Families. An estimated 25-30%? of all food crops are left in the fields after harvest. Established in 2011, Fields to Families also has their own garden located in Moncks Corner which continues to grow every year. Volunteers then spend some time in the dirt picking the produce and delivering them to Lowcountry organizations that feed the hungry, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches and East Cooper Meals on Wheels. How incredible is that? For more information on Fields to Families, please visit

The Little Red Wagon Miracle: Lowcountry Woman’s Mission to Give a Childhood Cancer Victim a Dying Dream

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By Rebecca Powell

If you want to hear a story about a nurse saving a little boy you’ve started reading the right passage. However, this story is a little different. A MUSC Ophthalmic Technician not only takes care of her patient when he is admitted, but ends up taking care of him for the rest of his life.

Susan Jager Oman thought it would just be another day at work at MUSC, when she saw a beautiful little six-year-old boy named Christian. Christian had just been sent in from Grand Strand Medical Center, where he was admitted because a motel worker had called DSS on his birthmother after he had fallen down concrete steps at a motel, where he then called home. For 6 months, Christian had been complaining to his birthmother about headaches and nausea. This went on for so long without any care that Christian soon lost his eyesight. It got so bad he could not even see the stairs. At Grand Strand Medical Center they referred him to MUSC because of his complication and then they found the tumor.

Christian needed surgery because of this tumor. And the only reason it was caught, was because he fell down the stairs. On the way to surgery at MUSC, he was brought into Susan’s clinic in a little red wagon and the moment she saw him, even though she didn’t know this little boy, she knew then that he would be her child. As she says in an interview “From the very beginning, God had a hand in this.”

The doctors diagnosed Christian with medullobastoma and had the tumor removed, but he also had hydrocephalus at this point, which is a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain that caused so much pressure on his brain that it had caused him to go blind. He was in the hospital for months until they found him a foster family. The foster family that took care of Christian was amazing, and with them, Christian learned about God and the importance of faith for the first time. His foster mother brought him to all of his appointments where she had become familiar with Susan Jager Oman. The foster mother realized Susan and Christian’s connection since she started coming into the hospital. Every time the foster mother came in with Christian to take him to chemo, she would grab Susan to accompany them.

It was around Christmas time 2007 when the Lord spoke to Susan saying, “This is the child I want you to have, go do something about it.” She went home that night and told her husband Eric Oman about Christian and the message she had received from God. She told him that she wanted to adopt this little boy and made a promise to God that day that she would take care of him for as long as God needed her to. She went the next day and filed the paperwork to adopt Christian.? Eric had agreed to this and they both knew it was going to be hard and had no idea what the future would hold. On the second day that Christian had come to live with Susan and Eric he started calling them mom and dad. “It was always like it was meant to be,” Susan said, “there was never any awkwardness between us, and no doubt in my mind that we were meant to be a family.”

Susan never thought Christian would get cancer again, but unfortunately this is something that happens even though sometimes families are not warned of the possibility. Susan has taken in this little boy who had nothing and made him her son knowing of what he had endured, been there during the hard times and now would have to go through it again. They were meant to be a family and she knows there are a lot of families going through what she is going through. “This isn’t rare.” “There is a lot of families going through this and People need to know, and know that there is other families just like yours feeling what you are feeling even though it feels like a lonely and isolated situation.” ?Christian had always struggled with reactions and blindness and spasms from having chemo radiation, but something else was not right. When Christian started developing symptoms again in the summer of 2016, she took immediate action. Christian started having short-term memory loss, weakness, seizures where his all of his limbs spasm up to 12 hours at a time and eventually almost complete hearing loss.

October 2016, doctors discovered Christian had a reoccurrence of medullobastoma that was inoperable during an MRI. They also they found something in his spine, however if they took a biopsy, it would paralyze him. Christian was then given 1-2 years to live after this diagnosis. However, both Susan and Christian have maintained their faith and have let God guide their way. July 2016, during a routine MRI, doctors found a blood clot on the left side of Christian’s brain. The blood clot was pulling in all of the blood and putting pressure on the brain making his seizures worse, which called for another surgery. In most diagnosis, Christian may have one more year to live but like most of us, he has dreams.? His dream is to go to Israel and see where Jesus walked. Because of his condition he had not met protocol, but now with his condition worsening, his doctors have sent in the referral for eligibility. Given his newfound growing faith, seeing the place where Jesus walked would provide meaning to a life filled with struggle and uncertainty.

This is why we are telling the story of Christian Oman. We are calling anyone and everyone to help make this dream trip to Israel, a reality. He needs to make this trip now before he gets too unhealthy to make the trip and there isn’t too much time left. The kindness that has been shown and the relationships that have been made, is truly a blessing from God,” said Susan Jager.

You can donate by going to their Go Fund Me page or she has also mentioned that gas and grocery card donations are always helpful, but if anything keep Christian in your prayers. If you would like to donate or learn more about Christian’s story please contact Heather Ace at

Photo Credit:? A Healing Grace Organization