Cancer is complicated, helping is not.
The Deep South Cancer Foundation partners with individuals and families at a local level to overcome the daily barriers created by cancer.
An intrapreneur focused on non-profits that serve hurting people, Drew recently moved with his family to Birmingham from Vidalia, GA, home of the famous Vidalia onion. With over 21 years of nonprofit experience at the Paul Anderson Youth Home, Drew has made a career out of helping people. There are few things that motivate him more than the opportunity to identify a need and make someone’s life better. In the role of Executive Director, Drew combines his passion for helping people with a desire to help Deep South Cancer Foundation achieve tomorrow's goals today. Drew can regularly be found immersed in developing strategy, defining the “why”, measuring data with a good excel spreadsheet, on his bike riding way too many miles to be normal, or enjoying family time with his wife and two kids.
Sarah grew up in the Birmingham area and has loved being back after moving away for four years. While she never thought she would follow her father into the world of helping cancer patients, having multiple grandparents who have battled cancer means that cancer hits close to home. During her time with Deep South Cancer Foundation, Sarah has covered a wide range of roles. Most recently, she has discovered a passion for communication and branding. When she’s not in the office you can find her in the ballet studio rehearsing with Birmingham Ballet for their upcoming performance or at a local coffee shop enjoying a good book.
Our resident computer genius, Joseph is invaluable in helping us build and implement new systems within our databases and website. Having grown up in Kenya, Joseph helps our office become more well-rounded by teaching us about Kenyan culture and history and informing us that the “correct” way to drink tea is hot and with milk. For fun Joseph likes to write code, which none of the rest of us understand but we appreciate the fruits of his labor.
Briarwood Fellow Hayley comes to us from Tennessee, the great Volunteer State, which is fitting for a person who is driven by the desire to spend her life serving others. Inspired by her parents who have made careers out of helping people, she is passionate about helping those who are hurting and is currently pursuing entrance into medical school in 2018. When she isn’t studying for the MCAT, Hayley loves being outside, taking spin classes, and planning new adventures to see the world.
Coming to us from The Magnolia State, Briarwood Fellow Rose bleeds red and blue for her alma mater, The University of Mississippi, where she earned her degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Growing up, both her mom and her aunt battled cancer. She has witnessed the fight for survival first hand. Coupled with her passion to have meaningful connections with people, working for Deep South Cancer Foundation was an easy choice. Rose keeps everyone in the office laughing with her quick wit and love for life. Never one to turn down a new adventure, Rose is loving the chance to find the best restaurants and hidden gems that Birmingham has to offer.
Through our local strategic partnerships, we work to provide simple and direct solutions to needed resources for individuals and families with cancer. By partnering with UAB and the 12 UAB Health System Cancer Community Network members, we are able to provide resources to those who are best equipped to identify the local obstacles which prevent individuals from receiving treatment. We do this by funding cancer programs, promoting cancer prevention and awareness, providing research and pilot funding, all with the goal to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities throughout the Deep South.