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Read the latest headlines and philanthropy news from across the colleges, departments and centers at MUSC.

Instructor’s commitment to special-needs dentistry lives on in annual classes with statewide attendees

Dr. Carlos Salinas speaking

‘I saw him work so hard that I really didn’t want to see that lost.’

His skill in patient care became legendary the day a 1-year-old girl in clinic screamed and screamed, unyielding to anyone’s efforts to soothe her...Read More

Children’s Miracle Network Champion’s fundraising efforts turn personal

Victor with his parents, Kimberlina & Daniel at Walmart

‘I couldn’t imagine what that mom was going through, what that dad was going through.’

When Kimberlina Hutson peered into the hospital room and saw the tiny patient – only days old – waiting for a heart transplant, she wanted to help the MUSC Children's Hospital...Read More

Charleston Riverdogs donated $20,000 to the campaign

The Charleston Riverdogs presented a $20,000 check to the campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital on Aug. 31.  This check represents the culmination of season-long fundraising efforts by the RiverDogs, including proceeds from a golf tournament, T-shirt sales, the Legends of the South exhibition game and an online auction....Continue

I have a son. His name is Victor Shellhammer and he loves running.

Victor Shellhamer on the job at his Neighborhood Walmart

Kimberlina Hutson leads fundraising campaigns for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit the MUSC Children's Hospital. As personnel and support manager at a local Walmart Neighborhood Market, she started volunteering more than five years ago and gets her whole family involved. She knew the value of top-notch pediatric care but never had a personal connection to the MUSC Children's Hospital. That all changed last fall, when Kimberlina learned firsthand why every dollar matters...Continue

Spinal cord injury patient makes gift to research in hopes that other patients can achieve mobility

Spinal cord injury patient makes gift to research in hopes that other patients can achieve mobility 

Tina Doscher knew that surgery to save her life also would leave her temporarily paralyzed. She knew she might never fully regain the ability to use the left side of her body. And she knew she had to try it anyway...Read More

Hollings Mobile Health Unit delivers lifesaving cancer screenings

Hollings Mobile Health Unit delivers lifesaving cancer screenings

Without a visit to her jobsite from the big blue Hollings Cancer Center bus, Rhonda Kierpiec might not be alive...Read More

Painting with Purpose and Heart

Patients, families and members of the MUSC Youth Patient Advisory Council gathered outside the construction site of the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion to paint the tops of picnic tables for construction workers of the new facility...Continue

Los Angeles woman, moved by ‘Southern Charm’ story, donates 100 care packages to Children’s Hospital

Left to right: Lee Camden and Jennifer Snowden, parents to Ascher, join Reddy2Fight founder Tina Manguikian and MUSC Child Life Director Betsy McMillan for a care package presentation in the Child Life Atrium.

Tina Manguikian let the email sit in her drafts folder for 10 days before she sent it.

She had seen a cast member from one of her favorite guilty pleasures, reality television show “Southern Charm,” in a more serious light on a medical talk show. There Jennifer Snowden revealed that her baby boy, diagnosed in the womb, had a rare neural tube defect called encephalocele, in which the skull fails to close, causing a portion of the brain to protrude...Continue

Pharmacy alumni, ’95, commit to taking care of patients, mentoring the next generation

'If we’ve proven one concept, it’s that you can take care of people in this corporate climate.'

Kelly and Kandi Hunt, a husband-and-wife business team, joke that they’d be a lot skinnier if they didn’t run a traditional family pharmacy...Read More

Los Angeles woman, moved by ‘Southern Charm’ story, donates 100 care packages to Children’s Hospital

'Some of these families that we met in the hospital had been there for months, and she’s giving them a little ray of hope and happiness.'

Tina Manguikian let the email sit in her drafts folder for 10 days before she sent it...Read More

Alzheimer’s disease crept into Dena Toth’s life more than a decade ago
Dena Toth poses with her grandmother, Sophia Grace Tomlinson, on Easter in 2009.

Alzheimer’s disease crept into Dena Toth’s life more than a decade ago – first with her grandfather, then both grandmothers...continue

Father promises son that cystic fibrosis won’t stand in way of eighth-grade graduation

Joey Benton knows the routine with cystic fibrosis – the colds that lead to hospitalizations, the times he has to stop to catch his breath just to carry his book bag down the hall and, worst of all, the things he misses...Continue

Taking the stress out of hospital visits

Olivia Crosby (left) and Maya Khaskhely present a check to support art programs in the MUSC Child Life Atrium after selling stress balls at Cario Middle School.

Middle-school students make, sell stress balls to help MUSC Children’s Hospital patients

As Olivia Crosby sat in a hospital chair with her arm exposed, she couldn’t take her mind off the needle searching for her vein. She needed a distraction, and she suspected other kids did, too...Continue

Recent graduate John "Taco" Robinson worked a fast-food job to pay for med school

'At $6.50 an hour, you have to really decide what's important. Working that job was a big part of my life.'

John Robinson picked up a job at Taco Bell as a teenager with a singular goal in mind: to save enough money to attend a pre-medical school summer camp between high school and his freshman year of college...Read More

Father commits to fighting addiction and preventing overdoses

'My first son was addicted for eight years, and my second son was addicted for eight months.' 

One month after his second son died the same way as his first, Steve Grant reluctantly attended a work conference through Northwestern Mutual, where he works as a financial representative in Greenville. The speakers opened that morning in 2011 by telling the group that they didn’t want to talk about selling more insurance but instead to challenge their audience with a question: What will be your legacy...Read More

Children, families visit construction team

Construction crews working on the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion were recently treated to a visit with some of the children and families who have been impacted by the expert care at the children’s hospital...Continue