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SINCE 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina has worked to save lives, conquer illness and end human suffering, helping millions of people make the most of the precious few days that make up a lifetime.

Along the way, we have been joined by thousands of generous partners like you who share our belief in the paramount importance of good health. Your support has nourished us. Your confidence has inspired us. And your gifts have empowered us to go beyond the ordinary, and achieve the extraordinary. Working together, we truly are changing what’s possible in health care, for citizens here in South Carolina and beyond, today and for generations to come.


BEATING THE ODDS Her chance of survival diminished every time the cancer came back, four times total. But Rachel Edwards kept fighting, and so did her doctors. She spent much of middle school and high school in a hospital bed, 159 nights over the years. Every time treatment chased the cancer out of her young body, it seemed to find a new place to grow. By the third time the disease returned, her chance of survival had fallen to about 10 percent. She hid her fear from family and friends, crying only once – to a camp counselor who worked with other sick kids. This spring, Rachel had a final procedure to remove the port in her chest. For the first time since her initial diagnosis seven years earlier, she no longer needed the device there to send cancer-fighting drugs straight into her bloodstream. For the first time since her initial diagnosis, Rachel heard the word “remission.” She emerged from her childhood with sharp wit, consuming empathy and a belief that she has a God-given purpose to help future pediatric cancer patients. From radio announcements to golf tournaments and fashion shows, Rachel knows how to work a crowd and hopes, one day, to turn her personal history into a gratifying career.

“I used to get nervous. Now it’s just kind of routine to get up and talk to people,” said Rachel. “Since I’ve gone through this, I feel like I can just live with most of the things that would get teenagers worked up.”

“I don’t want to see any other kids going through this. I want to be an advocate to bring enough money for cancer research at MUSC.” -Rachel Edwards

“I got a new tag for my truck that has the word MIRACLE written on it.� - James Anderson, stroke patient

Last year, James Anderson began volunteering for Meals on Wheels, celebrated his 39th wedding anniversary and competed in the Cooper River Bridge Run. Most important, he celebrated his 65th birthday, a milestone he might not have reached but for a quick-thinking medical team and gift to MUSC from The Duke Endowment. A year earlier, James was at home in Quinby, S.C., when his left side suddenly felt weak. His wife, Teresa, drove him to the nearest hospital, where doctors determined that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. His doctors determined his best option might be a procedure called a thrombectomy, which could be performed at MUSC.  To be sure, the MUSC stroke team would need to assess James to confirm that he was a good candidate for the procedure. The problem: They were more than 120 miles away. Time was running out.   Fortunately, the Medical University is home to REACH MUSC, a program that uses telecommunications technology to connect hospitals statewide with the university’s nationally renowned stroke team. Within minutes, the team at MUSC was able to interview James, view his CT scans and perform a full neurological assessment, all remotely and in real time. Afterward, he was rushed to Charleston, where he underwent a thrombectomy and achieved full recovery.   The program that helped save James’ life was established in 2008 with funding from The Duke Endowment.  To date, it has performed more than 3,500 consultations and is poised to do even more in the future, thanks to subsequent investments in the university’s telemedicine network.

“It’s a wonderful program, especially for people in the outlying areas,” said James. “I think it’s a miracle. I’m a miracle. I don’t know what it is yet, but I know God has a plan for my life.” REACH stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke.

Carl Klele spent his career as an intelligence officer in risky, adrenaline-fueled situations. But as he reached his mid-70s, he began to fear something simple: Walking. A helicopter crash during the Vietnam War injured Mr. Klele in way that only surfaced decades later. He began to stumble, then dragged his left foot and finally lost control of his balance. A man who traveled the globe on covert missions now struggled to navigate his own home. He volunteered to take part in a philanthropy-supported study at MUSC, where investigators are rewriting much of what is known about physical rehabilitation. Researchers here are replacing the traditional, “one-size-fits-all” approach to rehabilitation with highly tailored therapies designed to address each patient’s disability at its root – a pinpoint-style assessment made possible only recently, through the development of new technologies. Taking this approach, the team at MUSC gave Mr. Klele the confidence to stretch, balance and jump in a controlled and analytical setting, where he could test his limits and expand them gradually, comfortably. Within months, he built back his muscles, developed a routine on the treadmill and doubled his pace. To celebrate the end of his program, Mr. Klele and his wife took a trip to San Francisco, where they walked the city together every day.

“They basically taught me how to walk again,” he said. “To be honest, I didn’t think they could help me. I thought I was too old and had let it go too long. But what those people did for me was a miracle.”

“I’m 77 years old, and I’ve seen a lot of this world. But I get emotional about this.” - Carl Klele, research participant, retired intelligence officer

SEEKING NEW POSSIBILITIES Gradually, a black hole appears. Right there – where they always saw words on the page, actors in movies, faces of their own grandchildren – they now see only a dark blur. Age-related macular degeneration holds a cruel grip on as many as 15 million Americans. Over time, the disease destroys the part of the retina that allows people to see clearly. Treatments, such as laser surgery and monthly medication injections, work best for patients in early stages of the disease, and they often only delay its progress. But researchers at the MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute hope a potential cure is growing, one cell at a time, in Petri dishes at their laboratory, thanks to support from the South Carolina Lions Vision Research Program. Dr. Mark Fields and his colleagues are working to discover whether they can engineer stem cells generated from a patient’s own skin to replace the retinal cells in cases of age-related macular degeneration. The process involves removing stem cells in a skin biopsy, “reprogramming them” to function as retinal cells, returning them the patient and, ideally, restoring vision. This project fits with the Lions Club’s mission since 1925, when Helen Keller delivered a call to action at the group’s national convention in Ohio.

Dona Van Leer, a member of the South Carolina Lions Eye Research Committee, explained it simply: “She tasked us to be knights of the blind.”

“Our eyes really are key to our understanding of who we are.� - Dr. Mark Fields, Ph.D., M.P.H., investigator at MUSC Storm Eye Institute

CHANGING CULTURES “You have to ask, what’s more important – kids eating healthy, or the money?” Iris Poole, cafeteria manager Miss Iris’ deep fryer sits dormant in the back of the cafeteria at Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School in North Charleston, a memorial to a bygone era of pizza and chicken fingers. Hursey Elementary is located in a “food desert,” meaning only convenience stores with chips and candy lie within walking distance, but no full-service grocery stores with fresh food. Iris Poole, or Miss Iris to students and faculty, has prepared meals for the children who live there for 28 years. MUSC’s Lean Team, a childhood obesity prevention project supported by Boeing, works directly with people such as Miss Iris to reduce the number of overweight students at local schools by growing and serving healthier food and teaching active habits, such as desk yoga. With help from the program, local schools replaced white bread, fried food and iceberg lettuce with wheat bread, baked meals and hearty vegetables. Some of the kids at Hursey Elementary depend on her for their breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks every day. Boeing’s gift proves even more crucial, according to Lean Team manager Coleen Martin, as government money dwindles. “With the economic crisis and budget cuts, there’s not a whole lot of money for wellness,” she said. “Thanks to Boeing, we’re able to address the need.”

OPENING DOORS One of six children, Jeffrey Waltz finished high school with no money for college. Instead, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and made it his goal to number among the most elite, enduring layers of testing to become a sniper and later a leader among his ranks. After eight years of service in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, Jeffrey returned home to Summerville, ready to start a family and embark on a new phase of life. He got married, had two children and enrolled at the College of Charleston, where he studied biology and began preparing for a career in medicine. Throughout college, Jeffrey worked construction full time so that he could complete his undergraduate education in four years. He also spent time working with MUSC lab teams to help save money before beginning the university’s College of Medicine. Thanks to a new scholarship from the Medical Society of South Carolina, Jeffrey won’t be as challenged financially as he continues through medical school. As a recipient of the Roper St. Francis Physicians Scholarship, half of his education is covered for all four years of school.

“They just cut my student loan debt in half,” Jeffrey said. “The scholarship covers half of every single thing I do here. It came out of nowhere, and it was huge.”

“I like to help people, and I like to be challenged physically and mentally.� - Jeffrey Waltz, College of Medicine student, former U.S. Marine Corps sniper


“I was mainly thinking about my dad.” - Brice Sharpton, First Baptist School student

Brice Sharpton’s teacher gave each of her students a $100 bill and a special challenge at the end of the school year: Double the money, and then donate the profit to the charity of your choice. The 16-year-old First Baptist School student knew immediately that he wanted to contribute to an MUSC fund that supports research for Parkinson’s disease. For almost his entire life, Brice has watched the disorder steal more and more from his father, Kip. Brice bought hot dogs, buns and fixings and set up a stand at the Harborview Road Piggly Wiggly near his family’s home. He, his younger sister and his parents explained to shoppers the school project behind the sign, “Pig Out for Parkinson’s.” Some people passed on hot dogs but donated money anyway. Brice pulled in $280 and donated it to a fund that soon will bring video conferencing to remote patients who otherwise could not see MUSC specialists. Brice also hopes that his gift finds its way back to his dad one day. His teacher, Robin Gramling, based the assignment on the Parable of the Talents from the Book of Matthew, in which a master leaves his money with his servants and then returns and asks for an accounting. Mrs. Gramling asked her students to tell their classmates about the charities they supported.

“The idea is finding yourself through service, and finding that you’re satisfied,” she said. “You could tell from the way they spoke, from the smiles on their faces, that they were happy to have done it.”

For their first date, Kelley Smith O’Quinn’s future husband took her to the MUSC cadaver lab. She lived four hours away in Walhalla, S.C., and he wrote to her from medical school while studying to become a dermatologist. Each letter revealed Kenneth Smith’s esteem for MUSC, where two of his aunts had paid for his education. Decades later, and in tribute to the spirit of the aunts’ gift, Mrs. O’Quinn established the Kenneth W. Smith, M.D. Endowed Scholarship for their 30th wedding anniversary. Following Kenneth’s death from heart complications in 1999, Mrs. O’Quinn maintained and strengthened her ties to MUSC, taking on leadership roles and, most recently, supporting the Center of Excellence for Human Potential. Inspired by her grandson, she wanted to provide a setting where children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism and other disorders can learn without labels and receive behavioral therapy instead of medication with side effects. Like her late husband, Mrs. O’Quinn grew up modestly. Her father, a World War II Silver Star recipient, required frequent hospital care, and his family often relied on relatives to provide for them. Mrs. O’Quinn lets those memories guide her decisions to this day.

“There were times when he couldn’t work, and there was not a lot of income,” she said. “Family members met our needs. It was not a feeling of being less than, but of being loved and cared for. That’s a human emotion that all of us need.”

“There was a facet of paying back what was given to him. It was given to him but it was given to me as well, because it made him the man he was.” - Kelley O’Quinn


Last year, the university received $75 million in gifts and pledges, funds that were used drive progress in all three of our mission areas – education, research and patient care. It was an astonishing show of support that included big increases in giving by alumni, businesses and even our current students. These private gifts could not have come at a better time. Over the past few years, state support of the Medical University has declined to the point where it now accounts for a very small portion of our full operating costs – about 3 percent. In spite of those reductions, and because of your generosity, the Medical University has been able to maintain consistently high standards of excellence in all three of its mission areas. Also during the year, the MUSC Foundation’s investment portfolio achieved an 11.1 percent return, bringing the foundation’s total assets to more than $458 million, which are used to support, among other things: •


Endowed chairs

New and improved facilities

Research initiatives

New patient care services

Outreach programs


It is important to note that all these things are but means to an end. The end toward which we all strive is, of course, a healthier South Carolina, where people can find the highest level of care available anywhere in the world...where aspiring health care professionals can receive a world-class education…and where illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, blindness and diabetes are no longer threats to our lives and livelihoods. Of course, we are not there yet. But we are getting closer… step by step, day by day and with each gift entrusted to us. Again, thank you for your generosity. It is making a difference in more ways, and in more lives, than you can possibly imagine.

Named after the year of the Medical University’s founding, the Society of 1824 recognizes those benefactors who have made significant lifetime and/or annual gifts to promote the university’s mission. These people and organizations have enabled us to achieve the highest levels of excellence in health-related education, research and patient care, making a profound difference in the lives of countless people in South Carolina and beyond. We are pleased and honored to list them at our web site, Annual membership in the Society of 1824 may be achieved by benefactors making outright gifts, deferred gifts or pledges totaling $1,000 within MUSC’s fiscal year (June 30 – July 1). Annual memberships can be renewed each fiscal year with subsequent gift(s) totaling $1,000. Lifetime membership in the Society occurs when cumulative giving has reached a level of $25,000 and greater through outright gifts, deferred gifts and/or pledges. For more information on the Society of 1824, or to update your records with us, please call Amanda Crocker, donor relations manager, at (843) 792-4223.

BY THE NUMBERS $75 MILLION $22.2 MILLION 12,665 856 121 93 $272.3 MILLION $457.6 MILLION

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MUSC FOUNDATION TOTAL ASSETS (IN MILLIONS) $600,000,000.00 $500,000,000.00 $400,000,000.00 $300,000,000.00 $200,000,000.00 $100,000,000.00


































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GIVING BY INDIVIDUALS (non-faculty/non-alumni) $27,000,000.00










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