Charging to meet the needs of Prisma Health Cancer Centers

The Cavalry, a membership group at Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, is comprised of individuals and couples 40 and under who give $500 annually to Prisma Health Cancer Centers.

This dynamic group works alongside the Atrium Society, a longstanding annual giving society, to fund high-priority equipment and services for Prisma Health Cancer Centers.


A word from Mary Ellen and Brian Barnwell, Co-Chairs


Brian and I choose to give because cancer has directly affected our lives. I lost my mother to ovarian cancer the summer of 2012. She was only 61. My mother was treated in Atlanta where she lived. She received wonderful care from all clinicians involved.
Filled with gratitude for her care, we felt compelled to assist the cancer community here in Columbia, the city we call home. We decided to direct our philanthropic dollars to be directed to the immediate needs of our cancer centers right here in the Midlands.

Cancer may have taken my mother, but cancer is limited. It cannot take away hope, it cannot take away memories, and it cannot suppress courage. Please join Brian and me in the fight against cancer today and consider joining The Cavalry. Our goal is to grow to 50 members contributing $25,000 and to raise additional funds through the annual oyster roast and barbecue at our home early next year. As we grow our base, we’ll build capacity and make a bigger impact for our community.


Thanks to the generosity of our Atrium Society and Cavalry members, the Foundation is allocating $150,000 to meet high-priority needs of Prisma Health Cancer Centers.  Read about the specific projects we are helping fund in this message from our chairs.

Membership spotlight

Jean Cecil Frick

Leadership team

Click on each name below to see why members of our leadership team support The Cavalry.

Members of The Cavalry

  • Mary Ellen and Brian Barnwell*
  • Ann Beckwith
  • Katherine and Alex Bryant*
  • Lyndey and Peyton Bryant*
  • Margaret Clay
  • Anne Marie and Edward Crosswell
  • Margaret and Angelo DiBiase*
  • Sabrina Delk
  • O. Kip Dillihay II
  • Molly Dougall
  • Mary Cothonneau Eldridge
  • Jean Cecil Frick
  • Beth and Jamie Frost*
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton
  • Jessica Hancock*
  • Kathryn and Russell Harris*
  • Madeline and Brad Hollon
  • Allison A. Horne
  • Kristin and Daniel Hudson*
  • April Hutto
  • Lindsay and Lothario (LJ) Johnson*
  • Claire and Brandon Jones
  • Sara and Seth Krisnow*
  • John D. Leatherwood and Catherine Ava Kopiec*
  • Amanda and Cody Mitchell*
  • Graeme Moore and Justin Drafts
  • Kathleen and Jeff Muthig*
  • Jennifer and Graham Newman*
  • Amy and Tony Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth and Stephen Ross*
  • Lindsay and Seth Strickland
  • Mary Katherine and John Thompson
  • Charles R. Vernon Jr.*
  • Allison and JD Whalen
  • Sadie and Blake Williams
  • Leah and Vito Wicevic

*Founding members
Names in bold are the 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 Prisma 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 Prisma 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

Download a Pledge Form 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

Only individuals/couples 40 and under are eligible to join The Cavalry. If joining The Cavalry as a couple, one individual must be 40 or under.

Over 40? Consider the Atrium Society.

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.