Breast Cancer Research
The Swinney's Connection...
Breast cancer hits close to home for the Swinney family. Kathleen lost her older sister to breast cancer and thanks to breakthrough research and early detection, both Kathleen and her younger sister discovered that they carry the BRCA gene mutation, making the risk of the disease very close to her. The Swinney's believe that the research and early detection very well may have saved the lives of both Kathleen and her younger sister and they dream of a day when no one suffers from this disease. They are passionate about helping to find a cure, while hopefully making things a little easier for the families who are currently in the battle with this disease.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease over the course of her lifetime. According to SCDHEC, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in South Carolina. Our objective is to raise funds annually for breast cancer research and prevention, with an emphasis on local hospitals, university research programs, and organizations providing medical screening, testing, and support to local upstate residents. Since 2009, the All In Foundation has raised and donated over $1.25 million to breast cancer prevention, technology, research, and early detection.
In The Community...
Bon Secours St. Francis
The Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health, at the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC, offers the most advanced breast imaging equipment available – like digital mammography, breast MRI and computer-aided detection systems. Since 2009, the Foundation has funded “Big Pink,” a mobile mammography coach that serves low-income communities in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties. In 2018, the Foundation was also able to provide a $250,000 lead gift toward a brand new mobile unit for St. Francis. This new unit will allow Bon Secours to serve at least 3 more counties in the Upstate and is on track to roll out in spring/summer 2020. Additionally, the Foundation has helped to fund a brand new 3-D mammography machine that it up and running at the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health. This machine has proven to be the most effective in early breast cancer detection.
Oconee Memorial Hospital & Greenville Hospital System
In 2018, the All In Foundation was thrilled to give a $100,000 gift, in honor of Dr. Larry and Mary Bowman, to the Breast Care Center on the Prisma Health Oconee Campus, as a result of funds raised from the 2018 Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic. This gift was one of the largest contributions to the Breast Care Center on the Prisma Health Oconee Medical Campus and will help provide life-saving mammograms to women in need, as well as seed funds for a clinical navigator to guide patients through their battle with breast cancer.
The All In Foundation also supports a variety of breast cancer research teams, non-profits, and support groups through our annual grant program. Over $91,000 was contributed specifically to breast cancer-focused applicants in the 2019-2020 grant cycle.
Fundraising & Events...
Funds will be raised annually from the Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic, as well as from an annual Text-to-Give campaign that will run during the week(s) leading up to Clemson's Breast Cancer Awareness Game in October. Additional funds will be raised through our partnerships with the Clemson University Athletic Department and local merchants during the month of October.
The 2019 Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic will be held on Saturday, July 20th. The objective of the clinic is to educate women on the importance of early breast cancer screening and to raise money for breast cancer research and technology, all while learning some of the rules, strategy, training, etc. of college football. Attendees will receive a unique look into the Clemson University Football program and have the opportunity to interact with the Clemson Football staff, players, and families. Funds will primarily be raised through ticket sales and donations. Tickets for the 2019 Ladies Clinic will go on sale on February 18, 2019.