Suzy McGrane was a local photographer who was diagnosed in her early twenties with breast cancer. While battling cancer in Arizona near her family, her friends from South Carolina gathered in Columbia to find a way to help with the financial expenses related to her treatment. The friends put together Save Our Suzy, SOS, a wine tasting event in Five Points. That night new and old friends gathered together for one incredible evening; all with the same goal, to save their friend.
After completing her treatment, Suzy returned to Columbia a new person, with a new goal in sight. While working with a local cancer center, Suzy was able to raise funds for breast cancer patients. SOS events continued and thousands of dollars were raised. Each time, Suzy had new patient stories to share with her friends. She would help them all, in any way she could.
In the fall of 2004, the cancer returned and again SOS became an effort to Save Our Suzy. Events were held in Columbia and Charleston (Suzy’s second home) raising money to help fight the battle. In less than one year cancer would claim Suzy’s life, but not her spirit.
Save Our Suzy became what is now known as Share Our Suzy, SOS. SOS’s goal is to allow patients to focus solely on recovery and not the financial stress brought on during this very difficult battle. The foundation picks up where Suzy left off and aids those with bridging the financial gap from diagnosis to remission. Funds raised are used to provide assistance to those with every day needs such as wigs, prosthetics, childcare, gas cards, utility bill assistance, medication assistance and more. SOS helps cover the critical areas that insurance companies do not.
The people SOS serves are more than just patients: they are mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. They have children, spouses and responsibilities. Fighting cancer is about more than having chemo and radiation treatments. It affects all aspects of life. It is amazing what a wig can do for a patient’s self esteem. A prosthetic bra can make all the difference to a recovering breast cancer patient. Having family there to hold a hand during treatment makes the battle bearable. Knowing that the electricity bill will be paid is a big relief. SOS, a 501(c)(3) provides these types of assistance to people who would otherwise have to do without.
Honor the spirit of Suzy McGrane by running Get in the Pink. All of the proceeds from our race go to Share Our Suzy. To learn more about Share Our Suzy, visit http://www.shareoursuzy.org.