Members of the Atrium Society give annually to meet the high-priority needs of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. The Society was founded more than 20 years ago by three men who cared deeply about providing the best in cancer care in our community - George C. Fant, the late John A. Warren and the late B. Palmer McArthur. The Society seeks to make a difference for families with cancer. Our goal is to fund specific equipment or services that will benefit patients, based upon recommendations made by the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers leadership. We are proud of the far-reaching impact the Society has made since 1993.

The 2017 Atrium Society membership campaign is led by chair Sharleen Craig, Cathy Cauthen, Bruce Fewell, Carol Ivey, Curt and Donna Rone, Debbie Seale, Chip Stanley, Tony Perez and Charles Vernon.

A word from Sharleen Craig, Chair | The call you never expect
Fixing dinner one night with my family, I heard the phone ring. Annoyed that it was likely a sales call, I ignored it. Then I heard my son say, “Mom, it’s your brother in Utah. He needs to talk with you right away.” My gut clinched as I grasped the phone and said hello. And then it happened – the words you never expect. My brother said through tears, “Mom has been to the doctor and she has breast cancer.” I tried to be strong and said, “Don’t be alarmed. If it is early she will be fine.” The next words out of my brother’s mouth were, “The tumor is as big as her fist.” My heart sank. I stopped breathing. I tried to think of something to say but there were no words. I lost my mother six months later.

That was 13 years ago. I started volunteering at Palmetto Health Foundation shortly after as a way to give back to the cancer community here in Columbia, the city I’ve called home for 28 years and where my husband, Steve, and I raised our children. I wanted to give in a way that mattered - and I found that opportunity in joining the Atrium Society. I’m helping fund the high-priority equipment and services for the cancer program that my family and friends may rely on. That matters to me. It gives me great confidence knowing that 97 cents of every dollar I give to Palmetto Health Foundation will benefit the cause.

I am honored to chair the Atrium Society for the second year. Our goal is to grow membership from 50 to 65 couples/individuals this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2017). We are excited to work alongside The Cavalry to reach a total fundraising goal of $100,000 by September 30, 2017. As we grow our base, we’ll build capacity and be able to make an even bigger impact for our cancer program and our community.
Since the loss of my mother, I’ve also lost my sister-in-law to breast cancer and a dear friend to colon cancer. My own sister, two cousins and a dear friend have battled cancer and won. I know you have been affected, too. Join me as a member of the Atrium Society and let’s win more battles against cancer.

With gratitude, 
Sharleen Craig
The Cavalry is here….
Announcing a new membership group of young leaders charging to meet the high-priority needs of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. Click here to learn more.

2017 Fundraising Focus
The Atrium Society and The Cavalry, annual giving societies supporting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, will focus fiscal year 2017 fundraising efforts on the Microwave Ablation program at the Cancer Centers. Microwave Ablation uses microwave energy to heat and destroy cancerous cells with a probe inserted into the tumor. The medical team successfully piloted a Microwave Ablation program and is now looking to have a permanent Microwave Ablation System. Because the Cancer Centers’ Microwave Ablation program is used to treat several types of cancer lesions—liver, kidney, lung and bone—it is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the Midlands. 

Savoca-photo.png“We’re expanding Microwave Ablation beyond its traditional use of treating liver lesions. We’re treating patients with bone, kidney and lung lesions as well,” said William J. Savoca, MD of Pitts Radiology and leader of the Microwave Ablation program at Palmetto Health. “We’re reaching more patients—many of whom aren’t candidates for traditional treatment. Outcomes are good, and recurrence rates are low. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort to see how we can grow our services to help more families.” 

Palmetto Health Cancer Centers anticipates 100 patients will be treated annually with Microwave Ablation. Patients will benefit from this minimally invasive procedure with shorter treatment times and reduced cost, compared to traditional treatments. Most patients go home the same day as the procedure. 

The total cost of the Microwave Ablation System is $160,000. $80,000 in funding has been secured through the Foundation’s general cancer fund. With community support, The Atrium Society and The Cavalry hope to raise the remaining $80,000 by Sept. 30, 2017. 
Impact Update
During the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, The Cavalry and The Atrium Society raised $49,956. $10,000 has been disbursed to fund the Oncology Nurse Review Course for oncology nurses and $37,500 will be disbursed to support the expansion of the cancer genetic counseling program.  Click here to read more about the genetic counseling program.
Fundraising update  
As of Jan. 31, 2017 four months into our fiscal year, The Cavalry and The Atrium Society total revenue was $40,900 compared to a plan of $36,000. Thank you for helping us exceed our goal thus far in the year. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by Sept. 30. We hope to achieve that goal by growing our membership to 50 Cavalry members, 65 Atrium members and securing sponsorship revenue. If you know of an individual or company who may wish to get involved, talk to Anna at
Thank you to our current Atrium Society members.  
Capitol Urology, PA
Corporate Concepts, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian M. Barnwell
Vicki and Bruce Beatty
Barbara B. Boyd
Mrs. Darnall W. Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony G. Branham
Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Brooks
Sarah S. and Frank K. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bryant
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Caswell
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Cantey, Jr.
Ms. Cathy Cauthen
Mrs. Betsy L. Chambers
Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Chambers IV
Dr. and Mrs. Terence N. Chapman
Mike and Stephany Connelly
Mary Jane Cowden
Latan Cox
Steven and Sharleen Craig
Holland and Jill Crosswell
Katherine and Keith Crosthwaite
Paul and Denise Duane
Dr. and Mrs. Edward W. Duffy, Jr.
Bill and Lisa Duda
Ms. Janice G. Edwards
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Fant, Jr.
Paul and Elveta Fant
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Fowles III
Drs. David and Jeanette Fulton
Mr. and Mrs. W. Lentz Ivey, Jr.
George and Beatrice King
Audrey Korsgaard and John Quirk
Dr. and Mrs. David L. Kulbersh
Dr. John and Patricia Lauver
Tommy and Cindy Lavender
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lumpkin, Jr.
Marion K. McArthur
Drs. James E. and Kathy Mercer
Dr. and Mrs. Jerome D. Odom
Antonio and Dee Perez
Dr. and Mrs. Dalton S. Prickett
Donna and Curt Rone
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Roach, Jr.
Al and Cindy Saad
Georgette Sandifer
Doug and Anna Saunders
Howard and Debbie Seale
Mrs. Sandra P. Sims
Mr. and Mrs. Joel  A. Smith III
Chip and Meg Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Suggs
Tom and Jan Suitt
Mrs. Nancy F. Teeter
Mrs. Robert M. Vance
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Warren†
Hugh and Margaret Willcox
Glynn and Tiffany Winslow​

Atrium Society supporters have had a significant impact at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers over the last 20 years:

  • Atrium Society funds have been used to purchase Logic 700 Expert Series Digitally Encoded Ultrasound® Robotic Technology, R2 Imagechecker Mammotone, Full-field Digital Mammography for Baptist campus, Full-field Digital Mammography for Richland campus and Peloris Dual Retort Rapid Tissue Processor. The rapid tissue processor has has provided diagnostic answers for the surgeons of more than 16,000 patients who had surgery at Palmetto Health over a recent three-year period.

  • $200,000 was raised towards acquisition of daVinci® Robotic Technology. Surgeons at Palmetto Health Richland have used the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System on more than 450 patients since its upgrade in April 2012.

  • $101,119 was raised in support of upgrades for the latest digital mammography equipment.

  • $70,770 was raised to provide sofa beds for patient rooms at Palmetto Health Baptist.

  • Nearly $50,000 was raised to support purchase of an automated whole breast ultrasound unit at Palmetto Health Breast Center
  • ​$60,000 raised + $62,000 gift from the late John and Betty Warren to fund purchase of Hologic Quantra breast density measurement software. Palmetto Health Breast Center is the first in the Midlands to provide this service.

  • Palmetto Health Breast Center has had more than one million patient visits during the last 20 years. Each of those patients has benefited from key equipment acquisitions supported by the Atrium Society, including digital mammography and ultrasound imaging equipment.

Levels of Giving:

The Cavalry



As an Atrium Society member, you will receive:

  • Invitation to Palmetto Health Foundation events.

  • Invitations to quarterly Atrium Society programs, including lunch-and- learns featuring speakers on health topics. Our 2016 lunch-and-learns these will be held in the Vista Room at Blue Marlin.

  • Recognition on the glass donor wall located on the 11th floor at Palmetto Health Richland, where the medical and surgical oncology units are housed.

  • Recognition in Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual report.

How to Join

Membership in the Atrium Society simply requires a gift of $1,000, or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or caregiver. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed.

To become a member of the Atrium Society, click here to access a pledge form.

An atrium symbolizes an opening or passage facing the infinite sky, which is filled with the beauty of birds in flight. You, too, can soar by meeting the challenge of funding cancer initiatives in our community with your annual membership in the Atrium Society.

To learn more about Palmetto Health Foundation's Atrium Society, contact:
Anna Saunders, Director of Development, 803-434-2830 or

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