Rising Champions is an annual giving society at Prisma Health Midlands Foundation comprised of young leaders under age 40 who are rising to meet the needs of Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands. This dynamic group works alongside the Champions Society, a longstanding annual giving society of Children’s Hospital.
Funds from Rising Champions members support the Pediatric Subspecialist Fund. This fund supports recruiting pediatric subspecialists, establishing new programs directed by these subspecialists and purchasing the necessary equipment for programs. By joining Rising Champions, members help Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands ensure all the doctors our children need are right here in Columbia, and that families won’t have to travel long distances for care by a pediatric subspecialist.
Rising Champions was launched in 2017 as a sister society to the well-established Champions Society. Since then, we have grown to about 45 members. Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for pediatric subspecialist programs at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands.
Unless you have personally had a child at Children’s Hospital, you may not realize what a treasure we have here. There are more than 60 pediatric subspecialists walking the halls of the hospital. Because of this, parents can drive down Harden Street to take their child to a referred specialist such as a neurologist, cardiologist or pulmonologist rather than drive to another city. As a donor, you are helping make this depth of expertise possible.
Supporting Rising Champions cannot prevent the unexpected from happening, but it can help guarantee immediate access to the best pediatric care in the Midlands. We are thankful for the support of the community in recognizing the value of a well-equipped Children's Hospital.
– Chris and Mary Burke
Names in bold are our leadership team. Don’t see a name you’re looking for? Check out our Champions Society member list.
Membership simply requires a pledge of $500 or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor of a loved one or a caregiver. A pledge form is enclosed. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed. To join or learn more, contact Anna Saunders, 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PrismaHealth.org.
Only individuals/couples who are 40 and under are eligible to join. If joining Rising Champions as a couple, one member of the couple must be under 40. Over 40? Consider the Champions Society.
Download a Commitment Form (PDF)
Join in on our Drive to 75 to grow Rising Champions to 75 members for 2019! By joining Rising Champions, you are helping Children’s Hospital ensure we have all the doctors our children need, right here in the Midlands.
Members receive the following benefits:
To learn more, contact Anna Saunders at 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PrismaHealth.org.
View photos from the 2017 Rising Champions Launch Reception at the Governor's Mansion.
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