Imagine What's Possible
11-year-old Tymia McCullough, traveled to Washington this summer to talk with political leaders, as they debated the Better Care Reconciliation Act to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tymia lives in Georgetown but receives treatment for sickle cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder that causes crippling pain, at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Now that she’s had some time to reflect, we wanted to hear about her remarkable trip.
Today, the little girl who wasn’t expected to live past 2 is now 8 years old and in the third grade. She plays baseball for the Summerville Miracle League, jumps on the trampoline, rides her bike to the park, swims and loves to hang out with her family. She says her daddy is her hero, and dreams of one day becoming an artist or a hairstylist.
Rhett Bausmith has had doctors poking and probing his skull since his birth May 1, 2015, when he was born with a misshapen head. Pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ramin Eskandari decided to treat Rhett in two surgeries, spaced apart, and have MUSC’s bioprinting labs create 3-D skulls for both operations to map out the procedure.
Riley’s mother Sharon Klim says he’s always been resilient, despite having a condition that can cause weight gain, fluid retention, high blood pressure, pain, blood clots, infection and kidney failure.
We’ve learned a lot about caring for children over the last 28 years. Kids heal better when they have the most talented doctors and caregivers, working in the most advanced environment possible. But we’ve also learned that children heal better when they feel safe, happy and secure, surrounded by the people who love them.
Our new children’s hospital is being built from the ground up with exactly these things in mind.
The MUSC Family celebrates the naming of the new children's hospital in honor of Mr. Shawn Jenkins, founder and CEO of Benefitfocus, a Charleston-based human-resources software firm.
Campaign Co-Chairs: Please join us in this campaign, because together we will build and together we will make this a reality. It will take every single one of us to help, and no gift will be too big or too small.