• A Focus On Giving
  • Endowing Hope
  • Passionate Support Provides a Safety Net for Cancer Patients
  • Michael D. Pavy, M.D.
  • Finding Hope in a Challenging Time
  • Determined to Find Purpose
  • Giving Hope
  • Unexpected Tears
  • Foundation’s Impact Hits Home
  • McLeod Health Cancer Center
  • Harry Moran
  • Doctor Hazelwood
  • Grace DuBose
  • The Bacon Club
  • 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
  • Jocie Patterson
  • Jane Blum
  • Anne Kirby
  • 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
  • Deb Colones, 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

A Focus On Giving

Young Couple Faces Cancer Scare by Giving Back

For Morgan Pierce, a newly hired Pharmacist at McLeod, giving a portion of her salary to help others through the McLeod Health Foundation came naturally.

At the time she began giving, she had no idea what her young family would face.

In 2019, Morgan and her husband, Josh, settled blissfully into family life with their new son, Ryan. Then, Josh began experiencing an unusual pain in his abdomen and back. The otherwise healthy 29-year-old teacher and football coach decided to consult his family physician Dr. Prakash Beeraka. Tests revealed frightening results.

Josh was diagnosed with a rare testicular cancer, which required immediate and aggressive treatment.

He was quickly referred to a team of physicians including Dr. Wayne Holley, Dr. Amy Murrell and Dr. Rajesh Bajaj.

As Josh experienced the side effects of chemotherapy, Morgan felt blessed that they had the ability to pay for his treatment as well as essential pain and nausea medications.

As a pharmacist working in the McLeod Cancer Center, Morgan knew this was not necessarily the case for all patients.

“I read the names of patients as their charts came across my desk each day, knowing that many had no insurance or the ability to pay for what they needed,” Morgan recalled. “It was such a great relief to know that the HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund was there to bridge that gap for them.”

In the midst of their journey, Morgan received a postcard in the mail from the McLeod Health Foundation about a new service available to donors: FreeWill.

FreeWill allows those who do not have a will to create one easily and for free. Morgan tucked the postcard away and vowed to come back to it later.

The following year, Morgan and Josh decided to create their will. Keeping with their desire to help others, they included the McLeod Foundation as a beneficiary.

“After walking through this cancer journey, we knew we needed a will, especially for our young son,” Morgan shared.

As Josh continues to recover, the young couple has returned to their focus on helping others. This year, they joined the McLeod Foundation’s young giving society, the Circle of Excellence, allowing them to give back to the hospital they love.