Island Vibes March 2024

fter all of the hard work that goes into the Isle of Palms Exchange Oyster Roast, which returns on March 9 from 2-6 p.m. at the IOP Exchange Club at 201 Palm Blvd., the most rewarding part is the scholarships awarded. The question occurs, “Where are our scholarship winners now?” 16 RECREATION Oysters and scholarships By Robbie Berg Easter Egg Hunt to deliver ‘eggcitement’ A T Well, that question was answered a month ago when we received a thank-you letter from one of our past recipients. Dear IOP Exchange Club Members, I was incredibly fortunate to receive an IOP Exchange Club scholarship in 2011. I am writing to convey my gratitude and to give an update on my education and career since the scholarship. I attended college at Princeton University, where I studied biology and completed minors in creative writing and global health. After college, I worked in health policy in Washington, D.C., for a year, which was a great learning experience. Then, I returned to Charleston for medical school at MUSC. I really appreciated the chance to serve the Charleston community and learn more about the health care and social needs in the area where I grew up. During my training, I helped with research projects on cervical cancer prevention in South Carolina, India, and Malawi, which was highly rewarding. Now I am training in internal medicine at Duke and this summer I will start a hematology-oncology fellowship here. Working in oncology is my dream job. Cancer medicine is constantly evolving with so much still to learn and I feel I can make a concrete positive impact by helping patients and families navigate a life-altering and emotionally-charged disease. I hope that my creative writing education and public health experiences will help me be an empathetic clinician and a useful cancer researcher. Thanks again for your early support for my career and for all that you do for the broader Isle of Palms and Charleston communities! Sincerely, Shannon McGue Consider attending the Oyster Roast to help our outstanding youth and those who have overcome many of life’s challenges at an early age and provide them with a chance at furthering their education and serving in our communities. For more information, visit www. he Easter Egg Hunt is back! On Friday, March 29 at 4 p.m., children ages 12 and under will begin a mad dash for eggs at the largest Easter Egg Hunt on Isle of Palms. The free event will be held on the grounds of the IOP Recreation Center, located at 24 28th Ave. For the hunt, participants will be divided into four age groups: 3-under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. All participants will receive a bag of Easter candy for their efforts. After hunting for eggs, children can enjoy jump castles, snow cones and face painting, and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. In the event of inclement weather, all festivities will be moved inside to the gym. Photos Provided. For more information, call 843-886-8294 or visit