Those who don’t know about the Savannah River Cancer Foundation will soon, according new executive director Jamie Turner.


Turner’s first day at the helm was Feb. 1. Her plans in this new position are to take the foundation to a “new level, a higher level,” which translates to a lot of grant writing, research and marketing.


“It’s a very lofty goal, one I’m excited about,” she said. “I’m so grateful for this position.”


The Savannah River Cancer Foundation was established locally in 2003 and offers assistance to cancer patients of any age, with any type of cancer, being treated at any facility. The foundation provides educational support with individual consultations to local, state and federal agencies, early detection and prevention activities and economic support for cancer patients, including monetary assistance for medications and transportation.


The foundation operates with funding through grants, donations and fundraisers.


“It’s a very important mission, I think. I don’t know of anyone who has not been affected by cancer. It is a universal issue,” Turner said.


Turner’s face may be familiar to area residents. She has worked with the Aiken Downtown Development Association for the past 3˝ years. Before that, she worked part-time with Trinity Home Care.


She has mixed feelings about leaving the ADDA where she worked with executive director Carla Cloud.


“I am super excited about the challenge,” she said, adding that she is honored by the faith the foundation board has in her. “They told me it’s good to have the excitement tempered with trepidation.”


Turner believes she wouldn’t be in her new position without the experience and networking opportunities that were available to her while working at the downtown association.


“Keep your eyes and ears open. Maybe you’ve never heard of the foundation, but you will,” she said.


For more information, visit www.savannahrivercancerfoundation.org.