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PearlieHarrisIt’s not everyday that you meet extraordinary people who have dedicated their entire lives to service. Pearlie Harris has worked in education for 37 years as a teacher while also serving others as a volunteer in the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. With her dedication and countless good works, Harris ultimately became a board member for St. Francis Hospital and continued being a pillar in the community.

This led the very hospital she spent many hours volunteering name their new breast cancer center after her. “The joy of my life. It was the grace of God and it was a blessing,” she says. The Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health is located in St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC, but they are also mobile, providing breast care to women who can’t provide their own.

“The girls that are there are so devoted, so loving and so caring,” she says. “[You] get the best services provided and they follow you every step of the way.” Although Harris never had breast cancer, she effectively uses her platform to help as many people as possible that have been affected by the disease.

“Women typically start getting mammograms at 40, but I recently read that if you come from a family with a history of cancer, then you should start getting them at 30. Every woman should check their breast every month and if there is a lump, always get it checked out,” she says.

If you are interested in volunteering at the center, you can visit stfrancishealth.org or go to the center for more information.