|Birthday boy's gift a present to pediatric patients
by Cindy Abole
Mills Jordan was looking forward to celebrating his August birthday in
typical fashion, surrounded by family and friends.
Anna Hope and Mills
But Mills got that and more than he wished for by celebrating his
eighth birthday with more than 30 family and friends, who together,
collected $462 in donations to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.
“It feels pretty special,” said a smiling Mills, after presenting a
check to Laura Ackerman, MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund gifts
coordinator, on Sept. 8. He was joined by sister Anna Hope, 5, and
parents Charles Jr. and Jenny.
Mills, a second-grader at Mason Prep, got the idea during the summer
studying geography with his parents, more specifically the South Asian
country of Nepal. He was touched to learn about the severe poverty
experienced by the Nepalese people and wanted to do something to
actively support them or help sponsor a child. But distance and a lack
of contacts prevented that idea from happening. Instead, Jenny checked
with the Children’s Hospital and told her son about the thousands of
children who traveled to South Carolina from countries outside of the
U.S. to seek medical treatment and receive expert care.
“Even among our own friends, we knew many children who’ve received or
continue to benefit from good patient care at MUSC’s Children’s
Hospital,” said Charles. “This was entirely Mills’ idea, and I’m
proud that we were able to support him in this.”
The idea quickly evolved to planning Mills’ Aug. 2 birthday. His
parents helped coordinate party details featuring an Olympic Games
theme and asked participants to make a donation to MUSC Children’s
Hospital in lieu of gifts. Mills’ friends, neighbors and family members
attended the Aug. 15 event held at the MUSC Wellness Center.
Prior to the party, Charles set up a donation bucket, decorated by
Mills and Anna Hope, to collect the donations. Within a couple of
hours, the container was filled with cards, cash and checks totaling
“This donation was a thoughtful, creative idea,” Ackerman said, who
received the check on behalf of the Children’s Hospital Fund. Mills’
donations will be used to help purchase and provide improved
technologies that will benefit the care and treatment of children at
the hospital,” she said.
Friday, Oct. 1, 2010