14-year-old Raises $1,500 for RMC Mabry Center for Cancer Care
|Fourteen-year-old Strickland delivers the funds raised from her annual bake sales to the RMC Mabry Center for Cancer Care in memory of her grandmother, Carol Ware. From left to right, Kimberly Williams, George Ware, Olivia Strickland, Reagan Merritt, Cathy Jordan and Yakisha Simmons.
Fourteen-year-old Olivia Strickland of Orangeburg held several bake sales during the month of October raising $1,500 for the Mabry Center for Cancer Care
at the Regional Medical Center (RMC).
“Every year the RMC Foundation looks forward to celebrating Olivia’s efforts in helping our breast cancer patients at the Mabry Center,” said RMC Foundation Director Margaret Frierson, “It’s amazing what one young person can do for others when they lead with dedication and compassion.”
“The RMC Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Fund supports RMC patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer through their fight against the disease,” said Frierson, “Olivia’s donation helps patients in our community who are in need of assistance with transportation, medication, and other critical medical needs.”
For the fourth year in a row, Strickland has called on the community to help raise funds in memory of her grandmother, Carol Ware, to support the Mabry Center that treated Ware as she battled breast cancer. Strickland began holding small bake sales in 2013 at the age of 10 and raised $1,000 at her first bake sale alone.
When Strickland’s grandmother was undergoing radiation and medical oncology treatments at the Mabry Center, Strickland would often accompany her and became close with the Mabry Center staff. This motivated Strickland to raise money for the center in her grandmother’s name. Sadly, Ware passed away from her illness in 2014; however Strickland has continued to raise money each October in her memory.
The Mabry Center works closely with the RMC Breast Health Center to provide a soothing, comfortable environment to care for patients.
About the Mabry Center for Cancer Care at RMC
The Mabry Center for Cancer Care is an outpatient treatment facility that combines the latest in chemotherapy and radiation treatments with emotional support and encouragement to give patients every advantage in their fight against cancer. For more than 20 years the Mabry Center has helped many make the journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor, and it has become a source of hope for cancer patients and their families throughout the region. The Mabry Center is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Radiation Oncology services, providing an MUSC Radiation Oncologist to the Mabry Center full-time. Through the affiliation RMC patients and referring physicians receive priority access to the MUSC Medical Center should their treatment be required in Charleston. For more information, visit www.muschealth.org/affiliations/rmc/