Supporting specialty programs for children

A champion fights for and protects a cause. As a member of the Champions Society, you can help to ensure Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands patients and their families are cared for by the best physicians right here in the Midlands.

The Champions Society is an annual giving society of Prisma Health Midlands Foundation and the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands Board. The Society is led by a volunteer committee and comprised of donors who pledge to contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually.

Learn more about our giving society’s “Taking Children’s Hospital on the Road” campaign.

Funding pediatric subspecialists


Funds contributed by Champions Society members support the Pediatric Subspecialist Fund at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. The purpose of fund is to support the recruitment of pediatric subspecialists, associated practice start-up expenses, the establishment of new programs directed by these subspecialists and/or to purchase necessary equipment.

Pediatric subspecialists are necessary in our community for the diagnosis and treatment of children’s complex medical conditions. Examples of subspecialists include pediatric endocrinologists, cardiologists, neurologists and gastroenterologists. These physicians are difficult to recruit because they are limited in number nationally in comparison to demand.

By joining the Champions Society, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure we have all the doctors our children need, right here in Columbia, so that families won’t have to travel long distances for care by a pediatric subspecialist. Last year, the Champions Society provided more than $74,000 to support pediatric subspecialty programs.

Society members will have an opportunity to meet Children’s Hospital physicians to better understand the critical need for these subspecialists and learn more about the great work being done at Children’s Hospital.

Champions Society members receive the following benefits:

  • Two complimentary reservations for the Festival of Trees Auction Preview held annually in November (rate for general public is $125/person).
  • The chance to build strong connections with other members and donors.
  • Name recognition on the beautiful new donor wall in Children’s Hospital.
  • The chance to take advantage of free, confidential, estate planning consultation.

How to join

Membership in the Champions 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 welcome.

Download a Pledge Form

Champions Society Executive Committee members

  • Ellen Adkins, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Stan Adkins, MD
  • DoraAnn McKenzie.
  • Greg Downs
  • Brian Dunphy
  • Kym Johnson
  • Deitra Matthews
  • Valerie Shah, PA-C
  • Deonca Shuler
  • Yuliya Rekhtman, MD
  • Lynn Williams
  • Chappell Wilson

Thank you to our Champions Society members

  • Drs. E. Stanton and Ellen S. Adkins 
  • Charles and Valerie Aiken
  • Dr. “Bubby” Bhalla and Allison Bhalla
  • Fran and Michael Byrd
  • Dr. and Mrs. Juan I. Camps
  • Children’s Charities of the Midlands
  • Emily and Henry Clay
  • Mandy and Dan D’Alberto
  • Jeff Dailey
  • Randy Dailey
  • Dr. Melle Dalton
  • Dr. C. Warren Derrick, Jr. 
  • Randa and Greg Downs
  • Shelly and Brian Dunphy
  • Ms. Jean E. Duke
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Ehreth
  • Drs. Charlotte Lindler Ellis and Ed Ellis
  • Mary Ann Ferris
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael T. Finch, Jr.
  • Mrs. Patricia Dunphy Fosberry and 
  • Mr. Martin Fosberry
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Haile
  • Mr. Shelton Haile and Dr. Elizabeth Haile
  • Suzanne and Drew Hampton
  • Dr. Jason L. Hawn and Dr. Leigh J. Hawn
  • Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Hydorn
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Hubbird
  • Victor and Monika Iskersky
  • Kym and Steve Johnson
  • Steve and Diane Junis
  • Judith Corcoran Konicki
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mark D. Locke
  • Mike and Mary Long
  • Fauni and Dan Lowe
  • Emily and Justin Lucey
  • Col. Brian and Deitra Matthews
  • Paula and Ronnie Matthews
  • Dr. Catherine McClung Smith and Mr. Robert Harrison Smith
  • DoraAnn and Jack McKenzie
  • Beth and Michael Montgomery
  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert Nahouraii
  • Dr. David Oliver
  • Elizabeth and David Parker
  • Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Pogrebniak
  • Mrs. Brenda E. Rankin
  • Dr. and Mrs. Prithvi and Viji Reddy
  • Dr. Yuliya Rekhtman and Mr. Yury Shcherbelis
  • Mr. and Mrs. Darrell T. Scott
  • Valerie and Dr. Bhairav Shah
  • Debbie and Ozzie Shuler
  • Deonca and Alex Shuler
  • Dr. and Mrs. Stanley O. Skarli
  • Ms. Judy Cotchett Smith
  • Dr. James R. Stallworth
  • Dr. Katie and Mr. Steve Stephenson
  • Mrs. Aileen B. Sunshine
  • Dr. Gregg Talente
  • Dr. and Mrs. R. Caughman Taylor
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas
  • Dr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Watson
  • Ms. Lynn M. Williams
  • Chappell and Marty Wilson
  • Dr. Colleen A. Wunderlich 
  • Nicole and Ernie Yarborough
  • Dr. and Mrs. Christopher A. Yeakel

To learn more, contact Anna Saunders at 803-434-2830 or

30th Walk For Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K

We’re celebrating the 30th birthday of Walk for Life! For years, we’ve been walking and running for Prisma Health Breast Center in Columbia, S.C. We’re moving to a virtual Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K this fall. You can lace up and get moving in your own neighborhoods or nearby parks—all while continuing your support of patients and families faced with breast cancer.

Taking Children's Hospital on the Road

At this time, it’s best for some medically fragile children to stay home. To help reduce any risk of these children being exposed to COVID 19, pediatric subspecialists and team members have been hitting the road in the Prisma Health Mobile Health Unit to see the children in their own communities.

They’re “Taking Children’s Hospital on the Road,” and we’re committed to keeping those wheels turning! Champions Society and Rising Champions, annual giving societies for Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands, invite you to be part of their campaign to support this incredible mobile program for the kids.