When Dreams Do Come True

It’s not often that a dream and a passion becomes a reality, but for local Ellis Jewelers General Manager Ryan Curry, it did. Over the years, Curry has found a passion and desire for acting. That passion has come to fruition with a few acting jobs and recently his acting is gaining recognition and awards.

In 2016, Curry showed up for an open casting call hosted by A Shardi Film Production, which was seeking actors for an independent Christian film, “Provisions.” Writer, producer, and director Shorni Hardy recalls the day. “We were looking for actors to fill our lead male role and our supporting male role. When Ryan came in there was a glow about him. He read for both the lead role of Joel and the supporting lead, Kevin Armstrong, and Ryan was perfect for Armstrong. He looked the part, sounded the part, and was the part!” Curry landed the role of Kevin Armstrong, CEO of a multi-million dollar company, and fit the bill just right, according to Hardy.

The movie is about struggle and loss and, most importantly, knowing that no matter what you’ve gone through or things that have happened to you in your life, God is always there. The movie expresses and encourages you to maintain your confidence in faith because God will see you through.

RyanCurry-acceptingawardHardy was born in Jamaica and when she was 12 years old her parents migrated to Aruba for a better life. She overcame adversity and struggle because she was in a new place, a new culture, and surrounded with new people. At the age of 21, she moved to the United States where, she said, “Everything looked giant to me.” Relying on her faith in God and the support of her family, she began writing films. “God took me through the struggles to help build the experiences I have grown from and am able to share with those that see my film,” says Hardy.

“Provision” is gaining a lot of attention in the Christian film industry and has been nominated for several awards. Curry recently received an award from the Christian Film Festival as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film. Curry says, “My dream is to make a huge impact in Christian films, playing a role that touches people’s hearts and increases their faith.”

When asked what Curry’s award and role means for the film and the cast Hardy says, “In his acceptance speech he says ‘Provisions’ is like family. That’s exactly what this experience has become for all of us. We are a part of something bigger and something grand, and that’s not just our immediate family, but our family in Christ.”

Curry believes that “by winning this award, hard work does pay off.” He said, “In acting you’re always learning and improving your skills. Knowing that ‘Provision’ has been chosen for so many awards is enough of an award for me.”

Award-Winning Feature 2017Additional roles that Curry has played include a role on a Christian TV show called “Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural,” “The Longest Ride” (a Nicholas Sparks film), and an upcoming film called “Obamaland,” a political satire scheduled for release later this year.

When Curry started acting in church productions and dramas he never thought it would build to this magnitude. “I enjoy entertaining people and Christian films are my passion,” said Curry.

Hardy believes that “Provision” is a film that is perfect for everyone in the family. “When you watch it, you will walk away knowing that no matter what, God’s got you. ‘Provision’ will make you laugh, smile, cry, and be happy to see how God restores someone who’s lost everything,” she said.

If you would like to see the film you can attend the public red carpet premiere on May 27, 2017 in Raleigh, NC at Redemption Raleigh Campus 9225 Leesville Rd. which is free to attend. To view the trailer visit http://www.ashardifilm.com/.


Hospice of Davidson County – Find Comfort Here

By Chris Burcaw

Nestled in a pastoral, serene setting off Highway 64, centrally located in Davidson County, lies the Hospice of Davidson County Campus, featuring administrative and Home Care offices, the Grief Counseling Center, and the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House facility.

HODC HHSince 1985, Hospice of Davidson County has been providing care and comfort to patients facing end-of-life illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support for patients and families.

“Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care. Pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support are unique to each patient’s needs and wishes. Our belief is that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support throughout the process,” Jan Knox, Director of Community Relations said.

Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in a patient’s home, but it is also given in the hospital, in nursing homes, in long-term care facilities, or in a hospice inpatient unit. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.

Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, HODC Campuswhen appropriate, helps make decisions for their loved one. Members of the Hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. The Hospice of Davidson County team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. Other services include:

  • Assisting the patient with the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying.
  • Providing needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment.
  • Coaching and supporting the family on how to care for the patient.
  • Making inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or when he caregiver needs respite time.
  • Offering grief support care and counseling to surviving family and friends.


“Our team consists of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and certified nursing assistants, as well as social workers, chaplains, and grief counselors,” Knox said. “But we would be hard-pressed to offer our levels of services without the help of our incredible volunteers. Our volunteers assist with everything from answering phones and providing office support to running errands and providing companionship for patients.”

Because of generous community support, Hospice of Davidson County can continue meeting its mission to enhance the quality of life by providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual care for our community.

“We never refuse care to anyone based on their ability to pay. The services we offer exceed what is covered by Medicare and private insurance reimbursements,” Knox said. “For that reason, we depend on the Davidson County community to meet the needs of those in our community facing the end of their lives.”

Currently, Hospice of Davidson County is in the midst of its More Meaningful Moments comprehensive campaign, which is designed to raise funds to enhance patient care, expand services, enable growth, and expand therapeutic care.

“Over the next decade, it is projected that the population of residents over the age of 65 in Davidson County will increase by 23%,” Knox said. “The goals of the campaign are simple – to create More Meaningful Moments for our patients and their families while meeting the growing need for Hospice Care in our community.”

To learn more about Hospice of Davidson County, to become a volunteer or support the care we provide, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org, or call 336-475-5444.