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Beat the Hell Outta Cancer

One of the most rewarding parts about being a Vet Med Ambassador is getting to represent the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at community events. This past Saturday, we got to do just that at the first annual Paws to the Pavement Beat the Hell Outta Cancer 3k/5k run! This event was held to celebrate our brand new Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center at the vet school, and I couldn't think of a better reason to be out and about on a Saturday morning. I got there bright and early at 6:45 am (coffee in hand), and was ready to help out. It was so exciting to see hundreds of members of the community, including some of my classmates, show up with their four-legged friends, ready to go.  

The race started with the A&M cannon, which I'd only ever heard before at football games. It was pretty loud, and when it went off, all the dogs in the race were definitely ready to run out of there! And as all the runners and walkers took off, it was really exciting to wait at the finish line, ready to congratulate all the winners when they crossed. One by one, two-legged and four-legged participants ran, walked, rolled, and in the case of some very special canines, got carried across the finish line. It was great to see so many people give up their time and energy (literally!) to help out the cause, and I was so happy to be there to cheer them on when they finished the race.  

After the race finished we all went over to the Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center, where the opening event was being held. After remarks by Dean Green, the Chair of the Board of Regents, and President Loftin, the center was opened up to the public for tours. It was the first time I was able to see the center completely finished and ready to go, and it looked amazing! As I walked through the center, gazing at all of the equipment and facilities, it was so exciting to think about all the animals that are going to be helped by this facility. With a new MRI, CT, and cancer treatment machinery, both large and small animals will be able to get such an incredible level of care. Even though I'm still a couple of years away from working in the clinics, I can't wait!  

As I left the event, it really hit me what a special profession I've chosen to become a part of. So many people from the vet school and the A&M community showed up to support such a worthy cause, and it made me really proud to call myself a veterinary student. I can't wait for next year's race!