Gabby Thomas graduated from Harvard with a degree in Neurobiology and plans to earn a Master of Public Health. After she graduated, she signed a professional contract with New Balance, one of the major powerhouses in professional running.
“I've had an interest in combating health disparities since my freshman year of college. It's an issue that has always been close to my heart,” Thomas says. “I knew that when I graduated, I wanted to use my education and abilities to make a difference.”
She began studying at the University of Texas at Austin and volunteering at the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic as a Charge Nurse Assistant, all while juggling the demands of a professional running career.
“We’re a medical safety net for people who don't have other access to health care,” says Marci Roe, executive director of the clinic. The VHC would typically draw in about 500 volunteers over the course of the year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It's been particularly challenging to keep a volunteer-driven clinic going during a pandemic,” Roe explains.