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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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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

Taking the stress out of hospital visits: Middle-school students make, sell stress balls to help MUSC Children’s Hospital patients

Olivia and Maya present their check

'Now that we’re on the other end of it, we wanted to figure out how to give back.'

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...Read More

Small-town family doctor establishes scholarship to help students pursue community medicine

Dr. Sam Stone and wife

'Don't let the debt determine what you do for the rest of your life'

Dr. Sam Stone planned his career at 5 years old and describes the years that followed as “one of those boring stories...Read More

Local family’s million-dollar gift will help child abuse victims at new hospital

'You can’t build a world-class facility without realizing you have to include a space for abused children.'

Just days before Lisa Rice planned to meet with Dr. Scott Russell about her family’s $1 million gift to the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, she found herself standing across from him in the pediatric emergency room -- not as a donor, but as the grandmother of a patient...Read More

Well-known Charleston artist rediscovers her ‘sunshine’ after Parkinson’s treatment

'I just want to scream it out and tell every Parkinson’s patient to find out if you’re qualified and do the studies.'

Margaret Petterson never stopped painting after Parkinson’s disease took ahold of her body, but something changed for the celebrated local artist...Read More

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