Community Builder: Group backs Midlands moms fighting late-stage cancer

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For the last four years, local restoration business Rainbow International has been throwing its support behind Midland's moms who are fighting late-stage cancer.

Through an annual golf tournament, Rainbow International is able to provide them with financial and emotional support.

“It originated with a friend of ours whose wife was going through the cancer battle, and several of us were sitting around and were always saying, ‘What can we do to help?'” said Reed Mattingly, owner of Rainbow International off Broad River Road.

And so the Rainbow International Charity Golf Classic and Auction was born. The goal is to provide money and resources for the families of mom's fighting cancer by partnering with the non-profit Sparkle Caps.

“They help them and inspire them throughout the cancer journey,” said Mattingly. “The founder of the Sparkle Caps, Susan Heimbigner, went through that journey and that's the reason why she started that.”

This year, like they have in the past, Rainbow has selected two moms in hopes of providing a sizable donation. Moms, like past recipient Lesly Costello, who has stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones.

"Through the support of Rainbow, Sparkle caps… they drive you," said Costello. "That's who wraps their arms around you and keeps you going."

Costello says much of the $15,000 donation she received will support her family when she's not able to work.

"That's a huge burden off," added Costello. "Most people..we depend on our daily, weekly checks. Because of Rainbow and Sparkle Caps that eases that burden."

It's a burden Mattingly and his team hope to continue to ease for families like the Costellos.

"It's just blossomed into a wonderful event that has touched many, many lives, and it's all from Reed's vision back when he had the opportunity to help a friend and loved one," said Greg Smith works with Mattingly at Rainbow International.

Mattingly's colleagues say his passion for giving back is why the nominated him as a Community Builder and WIS and Mungo Homes got to surprise him with the news.

"Reed, I'm Matt Mungo and on behalf of the Mungo Foundation, we want you to know that you have been awarded a Community Builder of the week for the selfless work you do in our community and $1,000 donation to Sparkle Caps."

"Wow!" said Reed. "That is terrific!"

Mungo continued, "We thank you again for all the work you do in our community and to support these mothers who are fighting this terrible disease."

This year's tournament is being held on Tuesday, May 5th at Cobblestone Park. If you'd like more information about the tournament visit Rainbow International on Facebook at

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