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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 1 year ago

Gift answers wish of cancer patient's son

Also: New safety meter invented by Ormond company.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Daytona Beach resident Lisa Burgess and her 9-year-old son, Eli, got a surprise when they visited the Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on July 27. Instead of receiving treatment for her stage IV metastatic breast cancer, Lisa and Eli received a gift: a GoPro Hero 6.

“Eli and his mom like to go to the beach and snorkel, ride bicycles and play basketball together. Now, Eli can document all his fun memories with his mom and family,” said Vanessa Hill, licensed clinical social worker at the Cancer Institute. “Eli has wanted a GoPro to make videos for a YouTube channel, in hopes that he could get sponsors, so his mom wouldn’t have to work during her cancer treatment.”

Lisa Burgess will likely remain on treatment for the rest of her life, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The donation was made by the, foundation Light the Way, based in Ormond Beach. Light the Way assists Volusia County residents undergoing cancer treatment in a variety of ways, including providing meals, setting up house cleanings, financial assistance and shopping.

When Eli opened the gift-wrapped package, he dropped to his knees in excitement, the spokeswoman said.

“During some of her toughest moments, Eli has been there to help and has been a huge support for her,” Hill said.


Local company releases new meter


CO2Meter Inc., of Ormond Beach, has released a new monitor to improve worker safety for businesses that use or store carbon dioxide (CO2).

Carbon Dioxide in high concentrations can cause serious injuries and even kill a human. The SAN-10 Personal 5% Carbon Dioxide Monitor issues alarms if high levels are detected.

“When we created this new design, we were mindful of the CO2 incidents that are occurring in breweries, grow operations, gas delivery, and especially to draft technicians in walk-in coolers,” said Ray Hicks, president of CO2Meter.

The monitor includes an 80-decibel audible alarm, flashing strobe, vibration feature and a new “man down” alarm. 

CO2Meter Inc. manufactures carbon dioxide and other gas detectors, monitors and sensors used in commercial and consumer applications. Visit


New flood insurance offered


Security First, headquartered in Ormond Beach, is now offering combined Flood and Water Backup Coverage to its Floridian customers, according to a press release.

This new coverage protects against flooding as well as damage caused by water that backs up into a home from sewers or drains, or overflows from a pool or sump, with one deductible.

The company was able to develop the coverage because of changes in the law led by State Senator Jeff Brandes and Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier, the release stated.

Senator Brandes said, “I’m glad to see that my bill, SB 542, which became law, has enabled over 20 private insurers in Florida to provide private flood options to Floridians.”

Flood insurance is not covered in a standard homeowners’ insurance policy.

More information can be found at Follow Security First on Twitter (@SecurityFirstFL) or Facebook (


Jim Ellicott

Adams adds agent


Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors has announced that Jim Ellicott has joined its ever-growing team of agents. Ellicott has been involved in the real estate business since 1971, including owning a private appraisal and real estate business. He has also worked as chief appraiser for FDOT.



Home Health gets new leader


Linda Banwell, of Port Orange, has been named administrative director of Florida Hospital Home Health, which offers health and social services to recovering, disabled or ill patients who need treatment at home.

Linda Banwell

A registered nurse, Banwell has nearly 25 years of experience, including serving as regional director of clinical operations for a large skilled nursing company in Michigan.

In related news, Florida Hospital Home Health recently expanded its services to offer speech therapy, which includes treatments for swallowing. Visit


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