Finding the Heart to Help Others


Ray Bellamy, left, a McLeod Cardiac Rehab patient and program volunteer, assists fellow patient, Leon Johnson, during his session.

Ten years ago, while enjoying retirement, Ray Bellamy was working on a porch project when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. As a result, Ray learned firsthand the importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation for heart patients.

When Ray and his wife moved to the Methodist Manor in Florence about eighteen months ago, he decided to get involved with the Level III Cardiac Rehab Program at the McLeod Health and Fitness Center. Not only does Ray participate in the program weekly, but he also volunteers his time to assist other cardiac rehab patients daily.

“Our region has a high occurrence of heart disease, so it is important to keep our heart healthy,” says Ray. Ray also believes in the significance of Cardiac Rehab scholarships.
Because of the opportunities Ray was afforded in life, he gives to the McLeod Cardiac Rehab program each year and sees how the generosity of others directly benefits Cardiac Rehab patients.

Cardiac Rehab Scholarships – The McLeod Foundation provides scholarships for Cardiac Rehab patients who are not financially able to continue their path of recovery and wellness. Cardiac Rehab Phases III and IV are not paid for by private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. These scholarships are available in Florence, Dillon and Cheraw.