Pediatricians honored

Thanks to three York County pediatricians, hundreds of children who might otherwise go without medical attention receive free checkups and treatment. Those three doctors recently received the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state's highest award for local volunteerism.

Drs. Butch Bonham, Martha Edwards and Susan Start all have volunteered weekly at the York County Resource Center's pediatric clinics since the clinics opened five years ago. Bonham, who is retired, volunteers two mornings each week at the Clover and Fort Mill clinics.

Edwards and Start both practice with Rock Hill Pediatrics. Edwards volunteers one morning a week at the Rock Hill clinic, while Start volunteers a morning a week in the York Clinic.

Each of the doctors sees an average of 40 children a month. They administer immunizations, treat illnesses and provide wellness care free of charge.

The nomination by the resource center staff cites "the amount of suffering that these three doctors have eliminated for the children of York County" as the reason they deserve the awards. Thanks to the doctors' dedication and caring, many low-income parents without insurance aren't forced to choose between health care for their children vs. groceries or rent.

We join state officials, clinic workers and others throughout the community in saluting the generosity, the compassion and the skill of these three pediatricians. These awards are well deserved.