TVMF Supports Student through Emergency Grant

In late February of 2020, Brooke J., a second-year student at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (TAMU CVM), was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. At the recommendation of her doctors, Brooke began in-patient chemotherapy immediately, and tried her best to keep up with her classes. Unfortunately, the demands of her treatment soon made this impossible, and Brooke made the decision to withdraw for the rest of the semester. 

While her doctors are hopeful that she will be able to return and complete her studies at TAMU CVM, Brooke is facing considerable unforeseen financial costs, including a five-week hospital stay and frequent out-patient trips over the next 1-2 years. In order to offset these expenses, Brooke turned to TVMF for help and submitted an application for a Veterinary Student Emergency Grant. Writing in support of her application, Dr. Karen Cornell, Associate Dean for Professional Programs, described Brooke as “an outstanding veterinary student whose positive attitude and consistent optimism make her a beloved member of her class and our college.” 

Shortly after TVMF received Brooke’s application, we were contacted by an anonymous donor who had heard of Brooke’s story and wanted to help out and offered to match TVMF’s contribution! When told that she would be receiving a grant, Brooke replied, “Thank you so much. This grant is a blessing and will be a huge help in curbing medical bills. I’m always amazed by how the veterinary community comes together in times of need. I’m so excited and thankful that I will be able to return to A&M in the Spring 2021. From the bottom of my heart again, thank you! TVMF has lifted a huge weight from my shoulders.” The TVMF staff and Board of Trustees are all glad to have been able to help Brooke and wish her all the best as she continues her treatments.  

Veterinary Student Emergency Grants are funded through TVMF’s student support initiatives. You can donate to help support veterinary students like Brooke by visiting:  https://tvmf.org/ways-to-give/donate/.