Smiths talk about Panda On! at latest Rotary meeting

by | May 24, 2018 3:30 pm

Last Updated: May 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

   The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its May 21 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro.
   Al Lawson welcomed all and called the meeting to order. Kenny Griffin gave the invocation, and Stephanie Fagler led the pledge and Rotary Four-Way Test.

   Greg Hudgins introduced Laura and Eric Smith to present the day’s program. The Smiths own Panda On, where a portion of all proceeds goes to help families with children fighting illness. The Smiths sell products that bring “encouragement.” The company is the “what” they do, but the “why” they do it is the real story.
   As told by Laura, on May 9, 2013, their oldest daughter, Grace, passed away after a 10-month battle with pediatric sarcoma cancer. Grace, her mother said, was an inspiration to all. Laura said the family struggled during the days, weeks, months, and years following Grace’s death. The Smiths grieved as a family and as individuals. There was so much they didn’t understand, so much for which they were unprepared.
   Grace’s death was a devastating blow. After watching her…

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