Young leaders shining a light on subspecialties for children in the Midlands
A champion fights for and protects a cause.
When you become a member of the Champions Society, you’re helping ensure Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands is equipped to provide the best care to our community’s children, close to home.
Rising Champions, an annual giving society of Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, is led by a volunteer committee and comprised of young leaders 40 and under who contribute $500 or more annually.
A Message from Your Co-Chairs
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.
Mary and Chris Burke, Co-chairs of Rising Champions
- 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.
How to Join?
When you pledge $500 or more annually, you’ll become a member of Rising Champions. Your pledge may be payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor of a loved one.
To join or learn more, contact Anna Saunders, 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PrismaHealth.org.
Note: If you’re 40 years old or older, our sister annual giving society, Champions Society, is for you! Members of Champions Society pledge a minimum annual gift of $1,000. Learn more.
BECOME A RISING CHAMPION
Your gift will support the Pediatric Subspecialty Programs at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands, helping ensure we have all the pediatric experts needed so children receive the best care without traveling out of the Midlands. When a child is injured or has a complex medical condition, he or she may need to see multiple pediatrics-certified physicians trained in different areas (orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiology, etc.) Champions Society gifts help establish new subspecialty programs and expand current ones
Learn about our “Taking Children’s Hospital on the Road” campaign
Last year, at the height of COVID-19, it was unsafe for medically fragile children to visit the Children’s Hospital. The Champions and Rising Champions Societies raised $15,300 to so that pediatric sub-specialists could visit patients at their home with the Mobile Health Unit. Learn more about how we took Children’s Hospital on the Road below.
Ashley and Will Batson
Alisa and Parks Bunch
Sarah and Steven Carter
Kathryn and Heyward Cathcart
Lilla and Ty Colpini
Taylor and Curtis Dowling
Shaun and Erica Dunphy
Sara and David Ellison
Margaret Deans and Derrick Glantz
Steven and Bailey Harman
Dr. R. Yates and Dr. Sarah Anne H. Knowlton
Samantha and Alan Leichtle
Michelle and Andrew Lucas
Leah and Taylor Peace
Dr. Victoria Pollard and Mr. Richard Pollard
Marian and Curtis Rea
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Rhodes, III
Sara Beth and Tripp Rush
Anna and Doug Saunders
Annie and Mikell Scott
Taylor and Steven Spreeuwers
Katie Alice and Drew Walker
Emilie and Boyd Blanchard
Mary and Chris Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Carter
Children’s Charities of the Midlands
Lauren and Chad Dowdy
Jamie and Wade Dowtin
Trent and Darcy Earhardt
Rachel and Lawrence Flynn
Dr. Margaret A. Gray and Mr. Harrison Gray
Rawlins Elizabeth Kefalos
Meredith Ann and Stephen Krzyston
Amy and Michael Long
Lauren and Ryan McCue
Stephanie and Adam Parrish
Tyler and Lindsey Priester
Ms. Leslie Reed and Mr. Tyler Deese
Elizabeth and Tom Ruff
Misty and Tim Sartin
Darby and Geordie Schroder
Emmeline and Clay Short
Kate and Wes Sweeten
Dr. Derick and Mrs. Rebekah Wenning