Meeting needs for specialty care

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.

Learn about our giving society's "Taking Children's Hospital on the Road" campaign.

A message from our chairs

Chris and Mary Burke familyRising 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

Thank you to our Rising Champions members

  • Dr. Greg Black and Mackie All*
  • Ashley and Will Batson*
  • Emily and Jody Bedenbaugh*
  • Emilie and Boyd Blanchard
  • Alisa and Parks Bunch
  • Mary and Chris Burke*
  • Kelsey and Ben Carter
  • Sarah and Steven Carter
  • Kathryn and Heyward Cathcart*
  • Lilla and Ty Colpini*
  • Lauren and Chad Dowdy*
  • Jamie and Wade Dowtin
  • Erica and Shaun Dunphy
  • Darcy and Trent Earhardt*
  • Sara and David Ellison*
  • Lawrence and Rachel Flynn*
  • Jenna and Jared Garraux
  • Margaret Deans and Derrick Grantz
  • Maggie and Harrison Gray
  • Jordan and Michael Horan
  • Rawlins Elizabeth Kefalos
  • Drs. Yates and Sarah Anne Knowlton
  • Meredith Ann and Stephen Krzyston
  • Samantha and Alan Leichtle
  • Amy and Michael Long
  • Michelle and Andrew Lucas
  • Lauren and Ryan McCue
  • Sarah and Matthew Myers*
  • Logan Parker
  • Stephanie and Adam Parrish*
  • Lindsey and Tyler Priester*
  • Marian and Curtis Rea*
  • Leslie Reed and Tyler Deese
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Rhodes, III*
  • Sara Beth and Tripp Rush
  • Anna and Doug Saunders*
  • Misty and Tim Sartin
  • Darby and Geordie Schroder*
  • Annie and Mikell Scott
  • Ashley and Mason Smith
  • Emmeline and Clay Short*
  • Steve and Taylor Spreeuwers*
  • Kate and Wes Sweeten
  • Jenna and Coles Taylor
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas*
  • Barri and Lance Thompson
  • Tori and Mark Tibshrany*
  • Katie Alice and Drew Walker
  • Dr. Derick and Mrs. Rebekah Wenning*

*Founding members

Names in bold are our leadership team. Don’t see a name you’re looking for? Check out our Champions Society member list.

How to join

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

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.

Member benefits

Members receive the following benefits:

  • The chance to build strong connections with other members and donors.
  • Invitations to various social and educational events hosted by Prisma Health Midlands Foundation and Prisma Health Children’s Hospital–Midlands.
  • Recognition on the Rising Champions page on Foundation website.
  • Two FREE entries to Kemopalooza (rate for general public is $50/each or $90/couple).

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

View photos from the 2017 Rising Champions Launch Reception at the Governor's Mansion.

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.