Young leaders charging to meet the high-priority needs of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers.

The Cavalry, a membership group at Palmetto Health Foundation, is comprised of individuals and couples under age 40 who give $500 annually to Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. This dynamic group works alongside the Atrium Society, a longstanding annual giving society, to fund high-priority equipment and services for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers.

A word from Charles Vernon, Chair
In March, Dr. Helmut Albrecht shared with us about how our Cavalry dollars would be put to work this year. He spoke passionately not just as an expert physician, but as a fellow donor and man who has lost many before him to cancer. If you were not able to attend, the nuts-and-bolts are below:
What:  Cavalry dollars will help fund the Midlands’ first radio frequency ablation system* to treat a precancerous condition of the esophagus.
*This is not to be confused with the microwave ablation system we funded last year to help treat tumors of the bone, kidney, liver and lung. Heck, we’ll ablate anything!
How: The system delivers heat via endoscopy to destroy the abnormal cells and, once the abnormal cells are destroyed, new healthy cells can replace them.
Why:  This is a cancer PREVENTION tool. This technology represents an important offensive move in the fight against cancer. By treating a precancerous condition, we are able to save lives and save tremendous costs associated with cancer care.
Where we are: As of May 31, The Cavalry and the Atrium Society have raised approx. $80,000 with a goal of $110,000 by Sept. 30.
Even as the pace slows down this time of year, cancer does not. So when you find yourself with friends and family this summer enjoying the warm weather and vacations, take the opportunity to tell those whom you are with about The Cavalry {insert link to, and our mission to lead the charge against cancer in our community. Invite them to join us Thursday, August 16, 5-7 p.m. for a happy hour and fellowship at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at the Curtiss-Wright Hangar. This event will be hosted with Rising Champions, the Foundation’s other young donors society that supports Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. I wish you all the best, and hope you have a wonderful summer!

Membership Spotlight

Jean Cecil Frick

Leadership Team: Click on each name below to see why members of our Leadership Team support The Cavalry.

Charles Vernon, chair
Mary Ellen and Brian Barnwell
Beth and Jamie Frost
Sara and Seth Krisnow
Emily Long
Kathleen and Jeff Muthig


Members of The Cavalry
Frances and Van Anderson*
Mary Ellen and Brian Barnwell*
Ann Beckwith
Katherine and Alex Bryant*
Lyndey Zwing Bryant and Peyton Bryant*
Barbra and Sterlin Carpenter
Charlotte and Marion Cobb*
Christy and Chris Davis*
Margaret and Angelo DiBiase*
O. Kip Dillihay II
McKenzie and Brett Flashnick
Jean Cecil Frick
Beth and Jamie Frost*
Kaylin and Alex Hopkins*
Jessica Hancock*
Kathryn and Russell Harris*
Andrea Holloway
Jennifer B. Honeycutt*
Allison A. Horne
Kristin and Daniel Hudson*
Lindsay and Lothario (LJ) Johnson*
Sara and Seth Krisnow*
Claire and Brandon Jones
John D. Leatherwood and Catherine Ava
Laura and Dan Lavender*
Rachel and Brett Lewis
Amy and Michael Long*
Emily A. Long*
Tracey and Chad Lynch*
Katie and Taylor Miller*
Cody and Amanda Mitchell*
Graeme Moore and Justin Drafts
Kathleen and Jeff Muthig*
Elizabeth and Stephen Ross*
Anna and Doug Saunders*
Mary Lane and David Sloan
Lindsay and Seth Strickland
Lauren and Jamie Tapp
Elizabeth H. Thomas*
Charles R. Vernon Jr.*
*Founding members
Names in bold are the current Leadership Team.


The Cavalry is about our community. It’s about providing the level of cancer care we want to have available for our families and ourselves. Each year, members of The Cavalry’s Leadership Team will review the list of high-priority needs from Palmetto Health Cancer Centers to determine our funding focus. Collectively with the Atrium Society, we will choose an item, service or technology to fund.

Membership Benefits
• Invitation to various social and networking events hosted by Palmetto Health Foundation and the Cavalry Leadership Team throughout the year. Some events will be exclusive to current members.
• Invitation to lunch-and-learns on health and cancer topics hosted by the Atrium Society during the year
• Recognition on and on social media channels

How to Join
Click here to access a pledge form.
Click here to set up your gift online.

Membership simply requires a pledge of $500 or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed.

To join or learn more, contact—
Anna Saunders, 803-434-2830 or
Charles Vernon, 843-250-5182 or

Only individuals/couples who are under 40 are eligible to join The Cavalry. If joining The Cavalry as a couple, one of the two individuals must be under 40. Over 40? Consider the Atrium Society.