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Changing What's Possible through Philanthropy

The power of giving, the spirit of philanthropy.

From scholarship to friendship

Renee Black and Erica Tollerson

"She will no doubt change many lives"

Education, respect, diligence, and kindness have remained core values in Renée Black’s family throughout the generations...Read More

Research supported by local family explores connection between two devastating diseases

'We’re aiming to use the heart as a window to brain'

A single culprit – the slow build of sticky fat and other proteins – lies behind two of the most devastating diagnoses in elderly people...Read More

Scholarship established by former leader in president’s office helps nontraditional student

‘This reaffirms that, yes, you belong here’

Fifteen years after closing her textbooks, Melissa Koci packed up the life she built out west and came home to chase a dream she thought she had abandoned as a teenager...Read More

One employee shares MUSC’s role in her life over the past 35 years

‘MUSC has never been just my employer’

Debbie McCravy’s office sits inside the entryway of MUSC’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, so her job supporting fundraising activities also includes an unofficial role as ambassador...Read More

Local CEO makes gift to support Medical District Greenway

‘I think people do things in life because of their experiences’

Sean Mummert started small, with red wrist bands that nurses could scan to read everything they needed to know about patients. The bands used direct thermal printing to keep private health information off a printer ribbon, and Mummert’s team sold the idea to MUSC as a safe and secure improvement...Read More

Faculty member shares daughter’s story, why he contributes to MUSC

'We knew it could be cancer and that survival was unlikely'

For Tom Smith, Ph.D., MUSC became more than an employer after his daugther's birth. From her earliest months, Perry made a growling sound. Smith and his wife, MUSC cardiovascular intensive-care unit nurse Ellie Smith, called her “Perry Bear.” The growl seemed like a normal baby noise, until 3-month-old Perry spent all of Christmas Eve inconsolable while visiting family in Georgetown...Read More

Valentine’s Day gift means better care for MUSC’s youngest patients

'I think we were taking life for granted, frankly. You don’t know how lucky you are until it almost gets taken away from you.'

Laura Stone saw the Valentine’s Day gift on the table and suspected what was inside: a car catalog and an unspoken nudge from her husband to replace her old vehicle...Read More

Hilton Head musicians contribute half of CD sales to sarcoidosis, multiple sclerosis research

'It broke my heart to see how the disease affected him. I knew that if I could give one day, that’s what I’d want to support.'

Frederick Capers tried to ignore the chest pain, but it worsened and worsened until he landed in the hospital in Hilton Head Island, where his discomfort stumped doctors as well...Read More