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Story illustrates impact of CCC

December 28, 2012

Through the Colorado Combined Campaign, CSU employees have the chance to donate to worthy causes such Make-A-Wish Colorado.

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Tayler receives a wish

As an illustration of the impact CCC has on other organizations, here is the story of Tayler who had a wish to learn more about CSU’s Veterinary Medicine program:

Tayler, a Nevada native, is a bright and passionate 16-year-old teenage girl who enjoys reading medical journals and preparing to become a veterinarian. After being diagnosed with Wegener's granulomatosis, a rare disorder that causes blood vessels to become inflamed making it hard for blood to flow, life changed drastically for Tayler and her dream of becoming a veterinarian - like the ones on her favorite Animal Planet tv show, Emergency Vets - seemed to almost disappear. But, when Make-A-Wish got involved, a glimmer of hope could be found in Tayler's eyes. Tayler told them of her love for animals and her dream of attending CSU to become a veterinarian. Her wish seemed obvious - she wanted to come to Colorado and visit the Emergency Vets show location, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, and learn more about the veterinary program offered at CSU.

Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and Make-A-Wish Colorado joined forces to make Tayler's veterinary wish come true. On the day of her wish, she arrived at the hospital and was immediately greeted by the nurses and doctors, many of whom she felt like she knew because of the show, and received her very own set of doctor's scrubs! After introductions, Tayler and her family were given an in-depth tour of the hospital where she was able to help out with different consultations. Tayler got to see how the doctors clean teeth, perform an ultrasound, examine an X-ray and even watch them perform surgeries. She excitedly contributed to conversations with the nurses and doctors with appropriate medical terminology, immediately impressing the staff with her amount of knowledge and passion for animals.
 
As the end of the hospital visit drew closer, Tayler was surprised with one final present, a framed photo of her with the entire staff. Tayler was overwhelmed with joy and couldn't thank the staff enough for their kindness. The staff wished her luck in the future and even told her to apply for their internship program! For this 16-year-old, her wish of becoming a veterinarian came true, and she looks forward to applying for college at CSU to have her wish become reality.


Contact: Nik Olsen
E-mail: nik.olsen@colostate.edu
Phone: 491-5507