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The power of giving, the spirit of philanthropy.

Every day, generous MUSC supporters change the lives of students, researchers and patients. Each month, we share some of their stories, tracing the spirit of philanthropy to those who benefit from it.

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Gift gives cancer patients exercise alternative and break from boredom

Bikes at Hollings

“When he got sick that was devastating to all of us … the students immediately wanted to do something to help.”

You have to be pretty special to have a fan club – especially one made up of teenagers...Read More

Gift turns boy's burn experience into roles in video, comic book

Lucas para at home.

"I was standing on the stool to make some chocolate milk and the stool came out from underneath me. On the way down, I hit the pot of boiling water."

"I was in the kitchen with my mom while she was making spaghetti for dinner,” Lucas Parra said. “I used to use a stool to reach the counter to make a drink because I was pretty small. I was standing on the stool to make some chocolate milk and the stool came out from underneath me. On the way down, I hit the pot of boiling water...Read More

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

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