Honoring TJ with a Gift of Compassion
Posted August 21, 2018
Compassion translates in many different ways. For Patricia
Gilmore-Hunter and her husband, Bobby, compassion means giving.
After the tragic death of their beloved Border Collie, T.J.,
Patricia decided to establish the T.J. Hunter Oncology Endowment at
the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) to promote cancer research and treatment for dogs.
Per her request, Patricia’s desire that her funds be used so that
other pet owners don’t have to go through the trials they did with
T.J. as she suffered with cancer.
T.J. was seen as a part of the Hunter family. Coming from a
pedigree that included Great Britain International Champions for
sheep herding on both sides of her family, T.J. became a Hunter
when she was 8 weeks old.
When T.J. was taken in for a regular check-up one day, the
veterinarian discovered she had swollen lymph nodes, a low white
blood cell count, a urinary infection, and anemia. Patricia said it
was heartbreaking news and very sudden.
“In just days, she was just lying there,” Patricia said. “I
couldn’t put her down—it was just too heartbreaking—but I knew it
had to be done.”
Before they could do it, T.J. went on her own.
Bobby Hunter and Patricia Gilmore-Hunter
Patricia said the loss of T.J. was hard, but she wanted to find
a way to give to those who have experienced the same hurt and to
give T.J.’s life purpose. She decided the best way to do that was
through a memorial tribute.
“It was just the worst loss that I’ve ever experienced,”
Patricia said. “I wanted to stop other people from having to
experience this pain, so I did my own research and I came across
the Texas A&M Teaching Hospital and their giving program.”
Patricia’s connection to Texas A&M University dates back to
her grandfather, who graduated with the class of 1897 in the
mechanical engineering program. She said he was also a member of
the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
“He was a sergeant in the Corps, Company D,” Patricia said. “He
was in the band, and he played the coronet.”
A frugal lifestyle enabled Patricia to save up enough to give
what she could, while also continuing to support their
grandchildren’s college educations.
“We are interested in education,” the Hunters said. “That’s very
important to us. It’s through work, savings, and living within our
means that we have saved up enough money to make this
Bobby agrees; he said he both supports and is very proud of her
Patricia said there were many opportunities to give, but this
one seemed to strike her as the way she could make the greatest
“I just wanted to do something or help make a difference,”
Patricia said. “Texas A&M is the type of place that makes a
huge difference, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of CVM Today magazine.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive
Director of Communications, Media & Public Relations, Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science; email@example.com;
979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)
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