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Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation receives $40,000 donation

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 18, 2015

The First Citizens Foundation completed a five-year, $40,000 financial commitment to the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation after presenting an $8,000 check to the center in November.

The donation has been used to fund “next-generation” sequencing at the Greenwood Genetic Center’s diagnostic and research laboratories. Dr. Mike Friez, director of the center’s diagnostic laboratories, said the support from the First Citizens Foundation has been instrumental in providing patient care over the last five years.

“Their support has helped us ensure that our patients have access to the latest technology available,” Friez said, in a statement.

According to the center, sequencing technology “provides families with faster and more accurate diagnoses for a variety of genetic conditions including autism, intellectual disability and seizure disorders.

“This technology has allowed us to provide answers for patients who may have been on a diagnostic odyssey for years and, in many cases, can guide treatment decisions,” Friez said.

Jerry Stevens, market executive and senior vice president for First Citizens Bank, said the bank’s foundation has been pleased to support the center.

“We look forward to continuing to pledge our support for the center’s mission,” Stevens said.

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