Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter were in town Sunday to help longtime Douglasville resident Dorothy "Dot" Padgett celebrate her 90th birthday at her Price Avenue home.
Padgett celebrated with a party and signed copies of her book "Jimmy Carter: Elected President with Pocket Change and Peanuts." Padgett organized the Carter presidential campaign effort known as the Peanut Brigade. During the Carter Administration, she was appointed assistant chief of protocol at the State Department.
Padgett said, "I was wearing my favorite piece of jewelry. It is a filter pipe. Millions of pipes have been distributed by The Carter Center in Africa and other countries that have the guinea worm. It is worn around the neck by the people in the countries that have poor drinking water. It filters out the eggs that produce the guinea worm in their bodies. When The Carter Center started the campaign to eradicate the guinea worm there were over 3 million cases recorded. Now only three exist.
"It is the hope of Jimmy Carter that this dreaded disease will be eradicated completely in the very near future. It will be only the second disease eradicated -- Smallpox being the other," said Padgett.