On Aug. 19, 2016, Life Care Center of Columbia, South Carolina, hosted a community fundraiser for breast cancer featuring two South Carolina basketball celebrities.
Titled “Ballin’ for a Cause: The Drive to Defeat Breast Cancer,” the event raised funds for Palmetto Health Breast Center and the Palmetto Health Foundation.
The guests of honor, Sheila Foster and Herbert Lee Davis, signed autographs and took photos with fans.
Foster is the all-time leading scorer for the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, as well as a breast cancer survivor. She is a South Carolina Hall of Fame inductee.
Davis is a former USC men’s basketball player who was an important contributor to the Gamecocks’ 1997 SEC Championship title. He played professional basketball in Finland and Korea, and he founded HoopCity Academy, a youth basketball and mentoring program.
Sharing the spotlight with the b-ball champs was the Palmetto Health Mobile Mammography unit, which offered on-site digital mammograms. The bus saw a steady stream of women taking advantage of the service from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The festivities also included a vendor fair with jewelry, cosmetics companies, a ladies security company, a local university, a massage therapist and more. A saxophonist and singer provided live music, and guests could take part in a Zumbathon and take tours of The Palms Rehabilitation Center. A breast cancer survivors’ photo booth gave guests a chance to celebrate overcoming the disease.
About 110 guests were at the event at any given time throughout the day.
“It was quite the success,” said Dana Tucker, director of business development. “We got excellent feedback from all who attended, especially the celebrities. Herbert posted about it twice on Facebook, and Sheila took so many pictures with everyone she had to sit back down!”
“Ballin’ for a Cause” raised more than $500 for Palmetto Health.