Our patients took over the Charleston Fashion catwalk on March 16 for a sold-out Raise the Runway luncheon.
The event attracted a crowd of 340 people and raised $273,000 to benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. MUSC Children’s Hospital patients strutted out in fashion by Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant and Belk, while guests enjoyed lunch provided by Halls Chophouse.
Meet the Models
Elle is in the fifth grade at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School. She needed open-heart surgery at just three weeks old. Her “Champion,” Linda Young, is not only an ER pediatric nurse at MUSC but also her godmother! Elle and her family are thankful for all of the many unnamed “champions” at MUSC! Elle refers to her scar as a “miracle mark” and she is proud to explain it to those that are curious. Without it, she wouldn’t be here.
S’Navaeh loves jumping rope, playing dress up and challenging games. S’Navaeh’s experience with MUSC started in 2010, when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. She was treated by several nurses who made her treatment and stay very comfortable. Dr. Pillai, who took very good care of her, is champion and her hero. She is now under the care of Dr. Quiros and is being treated for Crohn’s disease. Dr. Quiros and Ms. McMillan (head of Child Life Services at MUSC) are also champions in S’Navaeh’s eyes.
Braden and Madeline were born extremely premature at 27 weeks, with Braden weighing in at 2 lbs., 8 ounces and Madeline at just 2 lbs., 2 ounces. After a 45-day stay, the twins were strong enough to go home, thanks to the outstanding care and support of their doctors and nurses. Now, Braden and Madeline are happy, healthy second graders at Stiles Point Elementary School. Braden loves playing sports, fishing with his father and hunting for sharks’ teeth! Madeline is a creative writer who loves gymnastics and playing tennis.
Vincent was born with a bowel disease called Hirschsprung’s, requiring surgery when he was just eight days old. He received a miracle when Dr. Christian Streck and his team at MUSC operated on him, and he has been a healthy boy ever since. Vincent loves to play with his two older sisters, Kirra and Cameron. He enjoys riding his scooter, eating pepperoni pizza and will be starting soccer this month. The world would not be the same without him.
Elaina is a sweet, playful little girl. She loves playing with her sister and her dolls, practicing ballet and singing along to music. Elaina was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in November 2014. Elaina’s champions are Nurse Leah Judd and Dr. Kraveka, who have always shown their love, concern and dedication to curing Elaina. Elaina and her family are so thankful for MUSC Children’s Hospital and the care they have been given. Claire has been a great support to her little sister during her journey this last year and a half. Claire loves art and using her creative mind. She has a passion for life and is always smiling.
Madilyn (“Madi”) is 7 years old. She lives in Mount Pleasant, SC, with her parents and little brother, Tyler. She is in the second grade and attends school at Porter-Gaud. Madi has an interest in and enjoys fashion and dance. In her spare time after school and homework, she is raising money for the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital by making and selling rainbow loom bracelets.
David loves the outdoors and sports. His favorites are hunting and fishing with his dad and playing hockey with his cousins. He also enjoys craft projects and playing with his little sister, Della. As a newborn, David had severe jaundice and, as a result, suffered brain damage. David absolutely adores his neurologist., Dr. Stephen Kinsman, who has done everything in his power to make David feel comfortable. He goes out of his way with other members of David’s team to help achieve the best possible plan of care. He is a huge blessing to the family and a vital part of Team David!
Trevor, a third-grade honor roll student, enjoys playing video games, watching Doctor Who and spending time with his friends. Two years ago, Trevor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the pediatric endocrinology team at MUSC, he is thriving and showing type 1 diabetes who is the boss! He hopes to one day become a scientist.
Abigail has known the MUSC Children’s Hospital and its staff since the day she was born. She had her first open-heart surgery at five days old and her second at six months old. During her first admission at MUSC, doctors discovered that Abigail had Mosaic Down syndrome. In November of 2014, while preparing for her third and final open heart surgery, Abigail was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After spending eight months at MUSC, Abigail is now cancer-free! Abigail is healthy and now ready for her third open-heart surgery, which will occur late spring. This sweet and energetic 5-year-old girl loves dogs, Fall Out Boy and Charlie Brown.