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 2012, I lost my older sister, Jennifer, to cancer. She was only 38 years old. Diagnosed at the young age of 31, she spent the next seven years battling an extremely aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Although the cancer ultimately took its toll, I consider myself fortunate that I had her in my life for those additional years. I am grateful for the access she had to cutting edge technology, treatments, procedures and clinical research—without which may have shortened her battle and our time together. These advancements were only available to Jennifer because of the generosity of others who helped progress the fight against cancer through their time, dedication and dollars.

I have learned the hard way that life is precious and all too short. A value cannot be placed on time spent with loved ones. I view my time, effort and dollars spent with The Cavalry as an opportunity to give back in gratitude for the extra time I was afforded with Jennifer, a way to honor her memory and a chance to protect those in my community by providing the most up-to-date advancements in cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

2017 Fundraising Focus

The Atrium Society and The Cavalry, annual giving societies supporting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, will focus fiscal year 2017 fundraising efforts on the Microwave Ablation program at the Cancer Centers. Microwave Ablation uses microwave energy to heat and destroy cancerous cells with a probe inserted into the tumor. The medical team successfully piloted a Microwave Ablation program and is now looking to have a permanent Microwave Ablation System. Because the Cancer Centers’ Microwave Ablation program is used to treat several types of cancer lesions—liver, kidney, lung and bone—it is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the Midlands. 

Savoca-photo.png“We’re expanding Microwave Ablation beyond its traditional use of treating liver lesions. We’re treating patients with bone, kidney and lung lesions as well,” said William J. Savoca, MD of Pitts Radiology and leader of the Microwave Ablation program at Palmetto Health. “We’re reaching more patients—many of whom aren’t candidates for traditional treatment. Outcomes are good, and recurrence rates are low. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort to see how we can grow our services to help more families.” 

Palmetto Health Cancer Centers anticipates 100 patients will be treated annually with Microwave Ablation. Patients will benefit from this minimally invasive procedure with shorter treatment times and reduced cost, compared to traditional treatments. Most patients go home the same day as the procedure. 

The total cost of the Microwave Ablation System is $160,000. $80,000 in funding has been secured through the Foundation’s general cancer fund. With community support, The Atrium Society and The Cavalry hope to raise the remaining $80,000 by Sept. 30, 2017. 

Membership Spotlight

J. Reyne Mitchell and Michael C. Moore

The Cavalry Newsletter


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*
Peyton Bryant and Lyndey Zwing*
Barbra and Sterlin Carpenter
Charlotte and Marion Cobb*
Jordan Cox*
Christy and Chris Davis*
Margaret and Angelo DiBiase*
Jean Cecil Frick
Beth and Jamie Frost*
Jessica Hancock*
Kathryn and Russell Harris*
Jennifer B. Honeycutt*
Kaylin and Alex Hopkins*
Allison A. Horne
Kristin and Daniel Hudson*
Lindsay and Lothario (LJ) Johnson*
John D. Leatherwood and Catherine Ava Kopiec*
Sara and Seth Krisnow*
Will Lacey*
Mary Lane and David Sloane
Laura and Dan Lavender*
Rachel and Brett Lewis
Amy and Michael Long*
Emily A. Long*
Michelle and Andrew Lucas*
Tracey and Chad Lynch*
Katie and Taylor Miller*
Cody and Amanda Mitchell*
J. Reyne Mitchell and Michael C. Moore*
Kathleen and Jeff Muthig*
Elizabeth and Stephen Ross*
Anna and Doug Saunders*
Lindsay McCallister 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.