The goal of the Alala Cancer Society is to relieve the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis by offering support to all types of cancer survivors and their family.
We have assembled a team of survivors, care givers, and experts in their field to help give back to their communities.
Co-Creator and Chair
Kim Neel serves as Chair for the Alala Cancer Society, and is a two time breast cancer survivor. Kim stands ready to serve women from all walks of life at “The Unique Boutique for Today's Surviving Woman”. When not advocating or taking care of our patients, Kim volunteers with the Girl Scouts, her local church, and feeds the hungry of Columbia.
Co-Creator and Past Chair
Sherry Norris serves as Past Chair for the Alala Cancer Society and is a skin cancer survivor. She brings to the organization a deep conviction to serve. Her experience with female issues made her realize that there was a lack of support for women with the same issues. She advocates for our patients, and is very passionate about small town living along with farming and showing others they can do it too!
Dianne Odom, CPA
Dianne, owner of Odom and Scruggs CPA firm, joined the Alala Cancer Society as Treasurer. As the Alala Cancer Society started its quest for registration as a 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service, Dianne's conviction to help in the cancer survivor arena, coupled with her financial and accounting expertise, expedited the state and federal approval and registrations.
Marketing and PR
Kim Franklin is the CEO of Maxian & Franklin Family Enterprises which offers innovative and creative approach to mission-based program building and strategic planning in both academic and student affairs. Kim comes to the ACS Board as graduate of Sisters of Charity Leadership Institute and a drive to make a difference in the cancer world.
Blakely Cahoon, JD, LL.M
Blakely C. Cahoon has practiced law in South Carolina since 2000. She focuses her practice on
estate planning, probate and family law matters. Mrs. Cahoon is married to Frank E. Cahoon,
III. They have two children Frank IV and Grace. Mrs. Cahoon graduated from Wofford College
and the USC School of Law.
Lorne has over 30 years of combined radio and television broadcasting experience. He is a former radio personality for WFMV 96.1 during the afternoon drive hours. He brings to this organization an eagerness to help us plan and promote our events. Lorne is a family man, loves God and his grandchildren.
Bettie Fletcher is a six year breast cancer survivor. She found Alala through her physical therapist. She is an avid volunteer and loves helping others. She is also a member of the Camden Breast Cancer support group. Bettie is retired military and very active in her local church. She helps us ensure that the Alala Cancer Society has an ongoing presence in the community.
Stephen Tuel, MD
Dr. Stephen Tuel has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is currently the primary physician at Southern Pain Specialist in Columbia, SC. He brings to the organization a desire to help us strategize the best ways to execute our services to patients.
Tianna Williams is a senior Public Health major at the University of South Carolina. For the past two years she has helped us help our patients by assisting in daily operations, fundraising, resource outreach and more. She is a member of Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority and aspires to one day become a genetic counselor.
Micaiah Daniels is a senior Biology major at the University of South Carolina. She is working towards a future career in occupational therapy. While at Alala she plans to broaden her horizons through learning how her future specialty can contribute to the patients we serve.