Gratefulness translates itself in many different ways. For the Gerukoses, gratefulness means giving. Looking back at the care Shaker received, they knew they wanted to memorialize Shaker’s memory while also paying tribute to the care he received from Aggie veterinarians, both at Texas A&M and elsewhere during his life.
As a result, the couple chose to honor Shaker with an exam room in the Small Animal Hospital. To them, “Shaker’s Exam Room,” which was dedicated on Nov. 4, 2017, serves as a living memorial to the pet they loved so much. The couple hopes this exam room will bring comfort and confidence to others that they are receiving care from one of the best veterinary facilities in the nation. Their gift also provided funds to remodel a space in the hospital for the C-Arm imaging machine that helped doctors confirm Shaker’s diagnosis.
“We hope that by sharing Shaker’s story, we inspire others to be confident in the exceptional care being provided by the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital,” Peter said. “This gift has given me an even deeper connection to Texas A&M, and because of that, I now think of Shaker as my Aggie dog.”
A gift in memory or in honor of a spouse, parent, sibling, relative, friend or pet is a generous and thoughtful way to recognize a loved one while also supporting Texas A&M University. Many individuals even use honorary or memorial gifts as a way to celebrate important life milestones, such as birthdays, graduations or anniversaries. Honorary and memorial gifts to the Texas A&M Foundation can be tailored to fit the interests and values of your loved one, making it a true extension of that person’s life and accomplishments. Discover the different ways that your gift can create a living legacy for someone who has made an undeniable difference in your life.
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