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Facial fundraiser supports Children's Hospital

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Chinstrap, spaded, boxed and scruff. These words don’t describe a new style of cellphone or MP3 player. Starting in February, MUSC Children’s Hospital co-chief residents David Mills, M.D., and Sanjiv Pasala, M.D., along with more pediatric male residents and others, will sport these beard styles to support children at MUSC Children’s Hospital.
The monthlong campaign is part of a resident-led effort and partnership with the Children’s Hospital Fund to raise money in support of sick babies and children. Additionally, a portion of the funds will continue supporting pediatric residency curriculum training at the MUSC Health Care Simulation Center.
Participants will be sponsored by their female colleagues, nurses and staff, family members and others in the community. Sponsors may show their support by giving and pledging any amount, and in exchange, receive a Beards for Babies support button. Participants will also wear a separate identity button throughout the campaign.
“We’re excited about this idea and method for providing monetary support for the children and other important programs at the Children’s Hospital,” said Mills, who along with Pasala, leads about 50 pediatric residents. “It’s an amazing thing when a charitable effort such as this can inspire us to creatively work together.”
Of the 50 pediatric residents, of which half are male, most have committed their support in this effort. Their female counterparts like Jami Lovell, M.D., a third-year pediatric resident, and other physicians and staff, have been supportive from the beginning.
“This is a great effort,” Lovell said. “We’re raising money for something all of us believe in and are committed to every day—the good health of children.”
“This campaign has been driven with great enthusiasm by our hard-working and creative co-chief residents, Dave and Sanjiv. Their leadership will provide continuing support of valued residency training at the MUSC Simulation Center, which reflects on the level of quality patient care we provide to children every day,” said L. Lyndon Key, M.D., Department of Pediatrics chairman.
In addition to finding a bewhiskered Mills, Pasala and other residents working throughout the Children’s Hospital, many also may notice the presence of more facial hair on several pediatric faculty, staff and attending physicians in coming weeks—all for a good cause.
For information, call the Children’s Hospital Fund at 792-7540 or visit

MUSC Children’s Hospital will hold its first Y102.5 and WEZL “Cares for Kids” Radiothon fundraiser from Jan. 29-31 at MUSC’s Education Center/Library lobby. Come see the DJ’s from the WEZL Morning Crew and Murphy, Sam and Jodi of Y102.5 (from Louisiana). Volunteers are still needed for all three days to help answer phones. Call Sara Connie at 792-0350 or


Friday, Jan. 23, 2009

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