Rachel battled cancer four times at the MUSC Children’s Hospital

Rachel Edwards battled cancer four times at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. She spent 150 nights there, enduring 11 surgeries and five rounds of chemotherapy between ages 10 and 15. When the prognosis looked bleak the fourth time, her oncologists enrolled her in a clinical trial based at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Rachel is now a 20-year-old Clemson University student – and cancer free. She attended the August groundbreaking for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and reflected on the event:

Words cannot even begin to describe all of the emotions that I felt during the groundbreaking of the new children’s hospital. I was a patient advocate for the children’s hospital for eight years. After speaking at countless events, I had tears in my eyes to see all of the money that was raised being put into action. The MUSC Children’s Hospital was there for me in what was, no doubt, the hardest time in my life. I should not be here today, but I am alive and healthy, and I was able to stand there as they broke ground on MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for this incredible hospital and the miracles that will happen there. 

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