Fighting Cancer: "Don't Dig Your Grave Yet"

Sumter, SC (WLTX) – In light of the recent drama involving Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, they brought the community together to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Over the last couple of years, Tuomey Hospital in Sumter has been dealing with some very serious matters. The hospital has been under the gun lately with the federal government over Medicare claims.

With that said, the hospital decided to put their problems on hold, at least for tonight.

"Just because you have stage four cancer don't dig your grave yet, because there is a lot of living to be done and I am enjoying every bit of it," said Paula Scott.

Scott is 64 and she threw out the first pitch at the Sumter P-15 baseball game.

Some would say death has knocked on her door; not once but twice.

"I was diagnosed the first time in 1996 and it came back in 2012 and I had stage four cancer."

For the better part of 16 years Scott battled cancer, now she's encouraging those with the disease to stay positive.

"Believe it or not I was diagnosed on the day my mother passed away so that was a bit challenging but the Lord works in mysterious ways because I was taking care of her and I think that He knew that I couldn't take care of her, so I could take care of myself. "

Tuomey Hospital encouraged everyone to wear pink to the game to bring awareness to breast cancer.

The hospital also announced they would be competing for 10,000 dollars in the Pink Glove Dance Challenge.

"Our budget is a box of pink gloves," said Traci Quinn.

The hospital has to make a dance video and Quinn says that with all the drama involving the hospital this is something that can bring everyone together.

"Despite what may be going on in the court system we have 1,800 employees that come to work every day and they do their best and they live by our main value which is that everyone impacts patient care in one way or another."

From the baseball players to the little kids all wearing pink, Scott feels that this community is truly the support system that those fighting cancer need.

"I am just so proud of what they've done and what they represent and how each person has come out to support us and that's what its all about, its to support."

Next Tuesday, the hospital will be shooting part of the dance video and encouraging residents to come to the opera house as they attempt to make a human cancer ribbon.

For more information contact Traci Quinn, Public Relations Specialist at (803) 774-8663 or visit their website at


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