An Evening of Hope and Inspiration


McLeod Health celebrated cancer survivors and its oncology staff during An Evening of Hope to benefit the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research on September 28. The McLeod Health Foundation’s 18th Annual Cancer Benefit was held at the Florence Little Theatre.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the HOPE Fund. Gifts made in support of the HOPE Fund (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) benefit oncology patient support services and provide oncology staff with improved access for immediate assistance needs for their patients. Programs supported through this fund provide transportation and medication needs for patients with few resources and educational manuals and supplies.

The evening featured Portraits of Hope representing survivorship and courage. These testimonials were shared in video and through audio and pictures between the live performances. The Portaits of Hope included: Ronald Brown, Rhonda Hyatt, John Braddy, Jane Blum, Leslie Denton, Anne Kirby, Conni Singletary, Jocie Patterson, Robby Roberson, Stephanie Benjamin and Harry Cantey.

This year’s event was a musical and comedy revue where talented performers and regional artists paid tribute to loved ones touched by cancer. Performers for the evening included: Singers Ray and Jordan Taylor, Dancer Scout Hamrick, Violinist Yuri Lvovsky accompanied by Robin Thompson, Pianist DaQuan LaSane, Musician Brandon Goff, Singer Kristin Hardaway, Dancer R.J. Lee, The Rod Brown Jazz Quartet, and a musical performance by Tippi Harwell, Jumana Swindler and Rebecca Thompson.

Caption: Father and daughter, Ray and Jordan Taylor, perform “Unforgettable” during the annual cancer benefit, An Evening of Hope, on September 28.