Through MIDA, we ask local Charleston businesses and individuals to join us in donating directly to her fund at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center,
an 71 NCI Designated Cancer Center in the US. All proceeds are tax-deductible and support cancer prevention and control, with specific focus on underserved communities across 20 Charleston counties.
MUSC Mobile Health Unit, a state-of-the-art bus equipped with a mammography suite and exam rooms. It travels to rural and medically-underserved areas to provide free cancer screening (mammograms, pap smears), HPV vaccinations, education and follow-up services. Surveys report that 80% of MHU patients would not have otherwise sought out cancer services. From 2017-2019, MHU has performed over 3300 mammograms and 120 pap smears, and confirmed 11 cancer cases.
- Scientific research for developing novel therapies for gynecological malignancies.
Hamidatu Fatmata Ravenel Patrick passed away in July of 2021 after a battle against her 2019 cervical cancer diagnosis. The cornerstone of Hamida’s unyielding support to the Charleston community was participation. Professionally and personally, she showed up and gave back, always with unity as her focus. Her innate ability to connect with another person or find a way to create unions between others made her magnetic.
Nothing was ever exclusively professional; she worked in several retail locations including Billy Reid and Hampden Clothing, both on King Street. In addition, Hamida was a proud member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry. Being in Hamida’s orbit meant she took personal care in the success and well-being of every person she met.