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.

2019 Oyster Roast

2019 Oyster Roast people eating drinking gatheringThank you to all of you who joined us for an afternoon of fellowship and fundraising at beautiful Grovewood.

We were grateful for the chance to share with you how The Cavalry supports Prisma Health Cancer Centers by funding high-priority equipment and services. Thank you to our hosts, Mary Ellen and Brian Barnwell.

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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 The Cavalry. This fund allows all of our fundraising 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 and $30,000 in contributions during the Foundation’s current fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019). As we grow our base, we’ll build capacity and make a bigger impact for our community.

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
  • Christy and Chris Davis*
  • Margaret and Angelo DiBiase*
  • O. Kip Dillihay II
  • Molly Dougall
  • Mary Cothonneau Eldridge
  • Jean Cecil Frick
  • Beth and Jamie Frost*
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton
  • Kaylin and Alex Hopkins*
  • Jessica Hancock*
  • Kathryn and Russell Harris*
  • Andrea Holloway
  • Allison A. Horne
  • Kristin and Daniel Hudson*
  • April Hutto
  • Lindsay and Lothario (LJ) Johnson*
  • Claire and Brandon Jones
  • Rawlins Kefalos
  • 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*
  • Elizabeth and Stephen Ross*
  • Anna and Doug Saunders*
  • Mary Lane and David Sloan
  • Lindsay and Seth Strickland
  • Charles R. Vernon Jr.*
  • Allison and JD Whalen
  • Leah and Vito Wicevic

*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 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 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.

Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K and 10K
Inpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children's Hospital

Each year, 40–50 patients at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital experience a condition or injury that requires specialized rehabilitation. Help them stay at home for care.