Check out the last announcements and news about our support group.

The Passing of Betsy Wilson

posted Sep 3, 2018, 1:46 PM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - Betsy Wilson, an original member of the Upstate Monarchs, passed away early morning on September 2nd as she wanted - at home, surrounded by people who love her. 

The family thanks you all for the love, support and friendship you’ve shown her over the years.  Memorial service details for Betsy are as follows: 

Friday, September 7th at 11:00 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church 
2310 Augusta St. Greenville, SC 29605

Visitation to follow at the church. 

Thanks, her children,

Ryn, Cameron and Mac

Bon Secours St. Francis HS Sponsors Upstate Monarchs

posted Apr 23, 2018, 1:41 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 1:41 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - We want to publically thank Bon Secours St. Francis Health System of Greenville, South Carolina, for their generous sponsorship over the past 18 months. In that 18 months, we have made significant change and growth in our membership in the Greater Greenville area.  

The sponsorship includes funding refreshments and providing a meeting location, Millennium Campus Community Room, for Upstate Monarchs' Quarterly meetings for Greenville Community.  UM has sponsored several meetings in 2017 under this arrangement and as we look forward their continued support for 2018 and beyond. 

Neel to speak on Lymphedema National Month on March 13th

posted Feb 27, 2018, 11:14 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 11:37 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Our next Greenville Community meeting will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 5:30 p.m until 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at the Millennium Campus of St. Francis Hospital. A meal will be provided by our sponsor,  Aeroflow (

The speaker will be Kim Neel, Owner of Alala Company, a compression/mastectomy boutique in Columbia, SC.  She is a breast cancer survivor, a lymphedema activist, and she will update us on the progress of the Lymphedema Treatment Act.  

As a one-year breast cancer survivor in 2006, Kim left the corporate world to open Alala, LLC with her fellow Girl Scout leader, Sherry Norris. Besides being an active Girl Scout volunteer, Kim has been a Team Captain for the First Ladies Walk – Steps Against Cancer and Relay for Life not realizing the research money raised would someday benefit her.

With her bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Kim went to work for Pirelli Cables and Systems NA. After 21 years at Pirelli Cable and 5 years in insurance, Kim left the corporate workforce to get certified as a post-surgical breast prosthetic, compression garment and cranial prosthetic fitter. Kim stands ready to serve women from all walks of life at “The Unique Boutique for Today's Surviving Woman”.

Introduced in Senate on 3/02/2017, Lymphedema Treatment Act (HR930/S497) amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to cover certain lymphedema compression treatment items as durable medical equipment under Medicare. 

Fall Lunch and Learn Event set for Sept. 26

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:56 PM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina -  Upstate Monarchs of the Upstate of South Carolina is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, September 26th at 12 NOON to 1:30 PM at the Bon Secours St. Francis Millennium Community Room. That room is located 2 Innovation DriveGreenville, SC 29607.

The Lunch event is provided and will feature two prominent vendors, Medi USA and Tactile Medical, who offer product to enhance the lives of  those living with Lymphedema and similar conditions.  This is fall meeting for the Greenville Community of Upstate Monarchs which has moved to a quarterly meeting schedule. 

We are asking any interested caregivers, patients, and healthcare professional to join us at the event. You can RSVP by send email to before September 24th. 

UM Greenville Community sets Fall Meetings for Sept. 26 & Dec. 7

posted Jul 19, 2017, 8:34 AM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - Yes, we are in the middle of Summer but we have set our Community meeting for the Greenville area for September and December. We will set a date for our Business Meeting (Elections) at later in November.

Please put these dates on your calendar for the next activities for our Lymphedema Support Group meetings.

September Greenville Community Meeting
September 26, 2017 (Tuesday)
12-1:30 with Lunch provided
Representatives from Medi & Flexitouch will be our speakers.
Bon Secours St. Francis Millenium community room
2 Innovation Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

2017 Christmas Mixer
December 7, 2017 (Thursday)
6-8pm with refreshments/appetizers
McCall Hospice House Meeting Room
1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, 29681

We so hope that you will be able to attend these events.

2017 Lymphedema Month Speaker Announced for March 23rd

posted Feb 11, 2017, 3:50 AM by Bobby Clark

Dr. Wade P. Farrow, Physician Certified Wound Specialist is scheduled to speak

Greenville, South Carolina - Please save the date for our next Lymphedema Greenville Support Group meeting  and put this event on your calendar.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 5pm, at the St. Francis Hospital Millennium Campus.
We are so fortunate to have another well-respected physician speaking to our group regarding lymphedema and treatment options. 

Dr. Wade P. Farrow, Physician
Certified Wound Specialist

Read his website to learn about him.
Your questions and concerns will be addressed and you will meet other patients and caregivers with a similar concern. Refreshments will be provided so come join us as we start 2016 with our first community meeting in Greenville.

A Welcome change for the Greenville UM Community

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:53 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Feb 11, 2017, 3:42 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina -

August 22, 2016
Hello to our Upstate Monarch members and supporters,
We have some wonderful news from this summer to share. As a result of the showing we had at the last Greenville Community meeting with Dr. Lisa Darby, we have gained the financial sponsorship of the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for the Upstate Monarch’s Greenville Community meeting.
This means that St. Francis will be an ongoing sponsor and will provide food and a possible new location for our Greenville meetings. We will be enjoying that option next month as we hold our next meeting of the UM Greenville Community on September 22nd.  Our topic will be about Lipedema, a condition with similar treatment options and methods with Rebecca Griffeth. An announcement will be release about this meeting for more details in the near future.
I am very excited for our group to have this opportunity to expand our reach and upgrade to better amenities. We are hoping this support will help us take the message of active treatment and caring support discussions about Lymphedema and its related conditions to more people in the Greenville Area.
I hope this news can open a new approach to how we support of our Community Meetings across upstate. With our Anderson Community already enjoying a wonderful partnership with the Anderson Cancer Association and this generous sponsorship from St. Francis with our Greenville Community, we will look to continue this momentum in the next few months. 
These opportunities may mean we will make some changes to our group schedule and meeting locations, but I promise we will continue to keep our mission to support and advocate for our communities in the forefront. Of course, we want, and need, your feedback and assistance as we explore those opportunities together.
I hope you had a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on the 22nd!
Bobby Clark
President, Upstate Monarchs   |
Contact Us  at (864) 214-6006 or email us at

Changing UM Community Meeting to Quarterly Schedule

posted Mar 7, 2016, 4:55 AM by Bobby Clark

Upstate South Carolina - We are embarking on a new year with a new schedule in 2016 to make our meetings simpler and easier for the public. We will be switching our schedule to a more quarterly sequence. Our two Community Meetings will be held in March, June, September and December. Two exceptions to the rule will be an Anderson meeting in May and a Greenville Meeting in November where we will make adjustments to avoid holidays and school vacations. 

Here is the proposed schedule for 2016:

 Anderson Community 
Meets on Second Thursday
 Greenville Community
Meets on First Monday
 ____________________________  ____________________________



 November  (Elections)
 November  December  (Party)

Upstate Monarchs Community Meetings is where our members and the public can come and discuss our common questions, concerns and problems. They are the mainstay of Upstate Monarch's effort to spread awareness and solution to public and our members. We will continue to have speakers in meetings on various topics. 

We will have one scheduled Board Meeting in September (2nd Monday) with the option to call others as needed. 

"Ask a Therapist" Session to Kick off our Fall Season

posted Sep 10, 2015, 9:57 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 9:57 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Our next Greenville meeting for the Upstate Monarch Lymphedema Support Group will be on Monday, September 14, at 5pm at Earth Fare SuperMarket on Pelham Road, Greenville.

We have several therapists who will address any questions about lymphedema in general or your experience with handling your condition in particular.  We also invite all therapists who receive this email to come and introduce yourself and help with our "Ask a Therapist" session which will launch our new year.

Our normal meetings will be the first Monday of the month at 5pm.  This date was changed due to the Labor Day holiday.  We hope that you will put it on your calendar and be a part of our support group.  You more than likely have suggestions which will help another person in the group!  Your very idea might be exactly what will help another member to better cope with lymphedema.      

Keep in mind, we also have Anderson Meeting which is meeting tonight (9/10/15) at 6:00 PM at the Cancer Association of Anderson in Downtown Anderson.          

We hope to see you at one or both of the events.

Nancy Brown
Secretary, Upstate Monarchs

St. Francis's Smith Therapy's Debbie and 
Heidi Grant at the November 2011 session.

UM Saddened by the Passing of James "Hal" Stuckey

posted Jul 8, 2015, 8:45 PM by Bobby Clark

Anderson, South Carolina - Upstate Monarchs is truly saddened by the passing of James "Hal" Stuckey, a strong member of our support group.  Hal and his wife, Leila, are great supporters of the Group and often traveled to both the Anderson and Greenville Community meetings. Hal passed away on the morning of July 7th. He was 78 years old. 

Hal was a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He was Director International Liaison with the Cryovac Division of W.R. Grace Company, which was later purchased by Sealed Air. He also served as a global safety officer with that same company. Hal retired after 37 years of employment. Following retirement he worked as a Sales Associate for Home Depot in Anderson. For fifty years, he served in numerous volunteer positions with the Boy Scouts of America, and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Anderson, and a member and Past President of the Blue Ridge Sertoma Club in Greenville. In his spare time, Hal enjoyed vegetable gardening, traveling, spending time with family, and helping other people. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees.

"Hal's Dedication to Leila spoke to his strong character and quiet strength. We are going to miss his strong example and kind words." said Bobby Clark, UM President. "He was an inspiration to me and to others in the group." 

The Funeral service will be at St. John's United Methodist Church in Anderson, SC at 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 11, 2015 with a visitation at the church after the service. The full obituary will be published in Thursday's Anderson Independent paper, but there is a brief obituary on the web site of Funeral Home, McDougald Funeral Home

James "Hal" Stuckey
October 1, 1936 - July 7, 2015

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