Two PVM Faculty Members Cycle Across Country for a Cause

June 17, 2016

As part of their preparation for Race Across American, Drs. Sandra Taylor and Craig Thompson participated in Rainstorm, a weeklong touring ride across rural Indiana in July of 2014. (Photo courtesy of Cycling for Autism)

by Kelsey Johnson, PVM Summer Communications Intern

A pair of Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty members are set to embark on a week long, coast-to-coast bicycling journey under the team name "Cycling for Autism" this month. Dr. Craig Thompson, clinical assistant professor of veterinary clinical pathology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology and Dr. Sandra Taylor, assistant professor of large animal internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, will ride their bicycles relay-style across the country non-stop, leaving Oceanside, Calif., tomorrow (Saturday, June 18) and finishing in Annapolis, Md., seven to nine days later. The two-person team is participating in Race Across America (RAAM) and raising money for a non-profit school for adults and children on the autism spectrum called Paths to Independence, which is owned and operated by Dr. Thompson's sister.

A support crew made up of family, friends, and PVM companions will go along on the journey in two vans and an RV, driving, navigating, shopping, doing laundry, cooking, and making the trip as safe and comfortable as possible for the cyclists. PVM crew members include "crew chief" Megan Elliot, clinical operations manager in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; Dr. Tim Lescun, associate professor of large animal surgery; Dr. Stacy Tinkler, clinical assistant professor of equine community practice; and Ted Vlahos, of the DVM Class of 2018.

Click here for more information and/or to donate to the cause, or sign up to receive blog posts via email. Click here for more information about RAAM, and to find the Cycling for Autism team in the list of racers. The team can also be followed in real-time during the ride by clicking here after the race begins on June 18. A story about the cycling team of Drs. Taylor and Thompson was published in yesterday's (Thursday, June 16) edition of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. Click here to read the story.

Writer: Kelsey Johnson, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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