Who we are

CCP is rare, unique nationwide actually. Our help for children battling cancer is IMMEDIATE, COMPREHENSIVE and CONTINUOUS until each child reaches age 21. We help families overcome distance and cost barriers so their child’s care is timely and complete.

From blankets to so much more

In 2001, along with other members of the Spartanburg Optimist International Club, Tom Russell responded to that organization’s nationwide commitment to fund childhood cancer research, asking “what can we do to help locally?” Quickly they discovered how very few places treat childhood cancer, and what a struggle it is for families to get their children to…

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Meet the team

  • Blake Stafford-Gomez

    Family Programs Manager
  • Carla Fowler, MS

    Family Advocate Manager
  • Dania Beck

    Director of Philanthropy
  • Danielle Brackins

    Family Service Assistant
  • Debi Abbott

    Donor Relations Manager
  • Erica Teal Buff, MS

    Communications Coordinator
  • Kim Melick

    Director of Operations
  • Kedeidra Dupree

    Family Advocate
  • Laura Allen

    Executive Director
  • Laura Dellicker, MSW, LCSW

    Family Advocate
  • Shannon Brown, LISW-CP, LCSW

    Director of Family Programs
  • Tom Russell

    Founder & Family Advocate

Volunteer Leadership

As a public charity recognized under Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3), CCP is governed by a volunteer board of community, business and professional leaders, who contribute their time and talents to overseeing our mission and strategy. Members are enlisted from across the Carolinas, serving three-year terms, and elect their board officers annually. Nominations are welcome.


Board of Directors – Executive Committee

  • Chair — Ki Young Chung, MD
  • Treasurer — Hammond Edwards
  • Secretary — Mary Beck White-Sutton


Board Members

  • Karla Butler
  • Glenn Cash
  • David Granger
  • Nene Gunn
  • Stone Kelley-McLeod
  • Amy Bedingfield McFarland
  • Ryan Melvin
  • Alex Hunt North
  • Colleen Rice
  • Alison Smith, MD
  • Lisa Tracy, MD
  • Cal Wicker