Beaufort County has reason to be proud. Through the efforts of Sheriff P.J. Tanner and his team, Memory Matters and the families who advocated for this initiative, we now have Project Lifesaver in our community. Clients enrolled in the program wear a transmitter that emits a radio frequency signal that can be tracked no matter where the person has wandered. The average rescue time is under 30 minutes.
A few weeks ago, the start-up money was realized at an event held at Bear Creek Golf Club and hosted by Memory Matters. Two Tomatoes donated food; Emeritus at Palm Court, Home Instead, Right at Home and Tidewater Hospice, donated champagne; and Hospice Care of America donated music. In addition, there were many silent auction items donated by various businesses. Many individuals also contributed to bringing Project Lifesaver to the Lowcountry.
Since this is an expensive undertaking and will require ongoing fundraising, I have set up a memorial fund at the Sheriff's Office in honor of my wife, Nancy, so that over time the additional equipment and transponders that will be needed will be available to the families who require them. I encourage everyone to consider making a donation to help those in our community who are most vulnerable. I can attest to the sense of helplessness a caregiver feels when tasked with the care of a loved one with dementia. Project Lifesaver is a tremendous asset to a community that cares about those afflicted with this terrible disease.