Good can come from tragedy if Aggie students have anything to say about it. The student-led organization BUILD has a mission of completing 12 Texas Aggie Medical Clinics (TAMCs) this fall, each dedicated to one of the 12 students killed in the 1999 collapse of the school’s annual bonfire.
BUILD is preparing to complete the three-year project to transform shipping containers into portable medical clinics destined for Central American and Caribbean countries with limited access to medical care.
“These clinics have a tremendous impact on the communities in which they are placed because a lot of the people in these areas are at least an hour drive from the nearest hospital,” says Mackenzie Rogers, a senior geology major from Frisco, Texas, and BUILD’s chief financial officer. “Many things we take for granted, such as anti-inflammatories and antibiotics, can keep injuries from turning life-threatening, but these communities don’t always have access to that type of care.”
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded five research grants to faculty-researchers in the colleges of Medicine and Science, AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.