Felton Lab. second grader battling leukemia donates to Palmetto Health Richland Children’s Hospital

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Felton Laboratory Schools Beta Club Members

Felton Laboratory Schools Beta Club members
The Felton Laboratory School Junior Beta Club along with second grade student, Darian Dawson, recently sponsored the “Beta Have a Heart Project” to help donate  toys for the Toy Box Program at the Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Toy Box Program rewards children and adolescents for cooperating with necessary medical procedures.


Darian, daughter of Dyrek and Pamela Dawson, who was diagnosed on August 2, 2013, is currently receiving treatment for leukemia at the Columbia, S.C. hospital. Felton students and teachers have been inspired by Dawson’s courage and how, regardless of the challenges posed by her illness, she has maintained a spirit of perseverance and determination.

The members of the Beta Club as well as Dawson desired to help others who are also benefiting from the excellent medical care and kind treatment given by the staff at the hospital.

“The hospital takes really good care of me, and I wanted to help do something for the children there,” said Dawson.

The group recently traveled to Columbia to deliver five large containers of new toys. They were greeted by Susan Shumpert, the child life specialist, who gave students a tour of the center and also discussed career choices at medical centers similar to the hospital.

Darian Dawson

Darian Dawson
Shumpert expressed her extreme gratitude for such a large contribution of items.


“We receive large amounts of contributions from various groups such as the Felton Beta Club. The Toy Box Program makes such a difference in patients’ willingness to cooperate during treatment, and our patients always leave smiling,” said Shumpert.

Donations were received and collected from Felton Laboratory School, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., members of Links, Incorporated, as well as co-workers, family and friends of the Dawson family.

The Beta Club’s motto is “Let Us Lead by Serving Others.” Teransea Bartley serves as the club’s adviser. For more information on future Beta Club projects and to make a donation to the Beta Have a Heart Project, contact Teransea Bartley at Felton Laboratory School at (803) 536-7034.