• Cancer – Can Any Good Come From It?
  • Personal Experience Leads to Generous Support
  • Donors Help Bring Cancer Center to Seacoast
  • HOPE Fund Donor Thank You & Story From Dr. Ipock
  • HOPE Fund Donor Thank You From Robin Aiken
  • Sarah Duby & Stuart Snow
  • Sharmeika McDuffie & Robin Aiken
  • Leigh Anna Driggers & Rebekka Taylor
  • Generous Survivor Joins HOPE Fund Supporters Like You
  • Patients Are Not Alone On Their Cancer Journey
  • Providing Access To Early Detection
  • Loss Leads To Hope For The Future
  • Cancer Journeys Inspire Giving
  • HOPE Fund Donors Respond to Critical Appeal for Transportation Funding
  • A Letter From Robin Aiken
  • Loyal Donor Enthusiastically Supports the HOPE Fund
  • Family Lessons Inspire a
    Legacy of Giving
  • Foundation Donors Fully invested in Patient Care
  • Donors Think Pink
  • Audrey Gilbert
  • April Munn
  • Ginger Godfree and Johnny Echols
  • Lynn Harrelson and Willie Vereen
  • A Note From Robin Aiken
  • James C. H. Smith, M.D.
  • Your Gifts Provide HOPE
  • Your Gifts Saved Lives
  • Generosity Arises From
    Personal Experience
  • A Focus On Giving
  • Endowing Hope
  • Passionate Support Provides a Safety Net for Cancer Patients
  • Michael D. Pavy, M.D.
  • Determined to Find Purpose
  • Giving Hope
  • Unexpected Tears
  • McLeod Health Cancer Center
  • Harry Moran
  • Doctor Hazelwood
  • Grace DuBose
  • Burnadene Kelley-Newman
  • Lisa Sims
  • Roddy Huntley
  • Kimberly Hyman
  • Zenobia Perkins
  • Michael D. Pavy, M.D.
  • Robin Hutchinson Aiken
  • Linda Brown and Dr. Amy Murrell posing with a small teddy bear called a Breast Bear which helps comfort breast cancer patients
    Sharing the Gift of Love
  • Florence veterinarian Allen Causey poses with his family after receiving nutritional assistance through the McLeod Health Foundation
    You Provide Critical Support Through the HOPE Fund
  • Giving HOPE
  • Cancer is a Word Not a Sentence
  • Advanced Treatment for a Silent Killer
  • Jammie Muldrow
  • Sarah DuBose
  • Randy Altman
  • Mildred Welch & Temple Dyson
  • Kerstin Nemec
  • Jennifer Almers
  • Cary Andrews
  • Together We Can Endure Through HOPE
  • McLeod Cancer Physicians
  • Evening of HOPE Closing Video
  • You Shine Light and HOPE into the Darkness of a Cancer Journey
  • Because of You, Life-Saving Early Detection of Breast Cancer is Now Available
  • Robin Aiken, HOPE Fund
  • Engrained in the Heart of Service
  • Champions of HOPE
  • An Enduring Spirit of Giving
  • The Hope Fund
  • Journey to Hope
  • John Braddy
  • Jane Blum
  • Robby Roberson
  • Leslie Denton
  • Harry Cantey
  • Conni Singletary
  • Stephanie Benjamin
  • Fulfilling A Vision
  • Coping Through Expressions of Art
  • Giving Patients A Lift
  • Giving HOPE to Those in Need
  • James Grice, Patient Testimonial
  • Penny Bonnoitt, Cancer Survivor
  • Dr. Bill Hester, Cancer Survivor
  • Marilyn McDonald, Cancer Survivor
  • Elizabeth Atkinson, Cancer Survivor
  • Betty Moore Bell, Cancer Survivor
  • Elizabeth Hyman, Cancer Survivor
  • Carolyn Gary
  • Kathy Campbell
  • Leon Rogers
  • Audrey Gilbert
  • Inspired To Support the Care of Others
  • HOPE Fund Expands to the Coast
  • Giving the Gift of HOPE

Cancer – Can Any Good Come From It?

These Survivors Respond With a Resounding “Yes!”

Joan Billheimer and Kaye Floyd-Parris’s lifelong friendship and commitment to amazing philanthropic work began 23 years ago when Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Kaye, herself a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, visited Joan after her surgery. Joan was thirsty, and Kaye would hold an ice pop up for Joan to drink. In that moment, they created a forever bond. 

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer through a regular mammogram,” Joan reflected. “I am so blessed to have had access to that screening. I think of all those who cannot get here, and it drives me to give back to help them have access to this level of care.”

In 2007, Kaye, Joan, and fellow survivor Carol Healy were asked to Co-Chair the McLeod Health Foundation committee raising funds for the first McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit.

This new unit would bring mammography services to women living in the region’s most rural and underserved communities. 

The dedicated trio and their team went to businesses and individuals explaining how lives can be saved through early detection.  

Sixteen years later, their successful campaign has ensured thousands of women all over the region have access to this lifesaving test.

Kaye and Joan also established the Colors of Cancer Benefit in 2006. What began with a few friends gathering for an italian dinner has evolved into a major community event raising significant funds for organizations supporting cancer patients, including the McLeod Foundation’s HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund.

This past year, Kaye learned she would once again be forced to fight cancer. 

This time, it was lung cancer. The Colors of Cancer event was planned for a few weeks following the news, but Kaye was unable to attend. 

She asked those who wished to help her to instead give to support the Colors of Cancer event.

Kaye’s daughter, Lindsay, facetimed her from the event. Kaye’s voice was shaky as she shared how amazing it was to see the outpouring of love and support given in her honor. 

Today, Kaye has completed her treatment and is doing well. She is already back working with Joan to plan the next great event.

“I have always felt like this community has been so good to me,” Kaye passionately shared. “It’s extremely important for all of us to give back from the heart.”