From One Grateful Patient to Another… Celebrating National Doctors’ Day!

(L to R) Cheryl Tatum and Wilson Tatum.

Wilson Tatum never thought one minute about taking a deep breath until his wife, Cheryl Tatum, couldn’t. When they were referred to The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center’s pulmonary clinic, Cheryl was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. “I’ve watched my wife go from the fear of not knowing what’s wrong to an overall peace with a diagnosis, treatment plan and support for the entire journey,” said Wilson Tatum, ” I can now fully enjoy each day thanks to the amazing caregivers in the pulmonary clinic.”

Cheryl is now participating in clinical trials for bronchiectasis with Dr. Pamela McShane, a pulmonologist at UT Health East Texas. Cheryl presented a grateful patient gift in 2021 to give back for the care and hope she has been given, and to help Dr. McShane and other researchers continue to make improvements in the care and treatment of lung diseases.

Cheryl Tatum in the pulmonary clinic with Tracy Drake, RN.

Grateful Patient’s like Cheryl who have experienced life saving treatment first hand remind us how valuable research is, and how critical philanthropy is to ensuring that research at the health science center can continue. According to Dr. Pamela McShane, “the research is funded by patients, for patients. By definition, this infuses an extra level of integrity into the work.”

The difference a doctor can make in our lives is tremendous. On March 30, National Doctor’s Day, join us by donating in honor of your favorite caregiver, and share your story of hope and healing with us. Your gift will help advance research and education that will enhance the care and treatment of so many.

For more information or to participate in the Grateful Patient Program, please contact Director of Grateful Patient Engagement Aliceson Howell at (903) 877-5631.
To support research or give a gift in honor of your favorite caregiver, click here.