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Education: Volunteer Profile

Annual Report - 2006-2007

Making Time to Help

By Asma Siddiqi

Brandy Reed

When Brandy Reed was hired at M. D. Anderson, she didn’t realize she would be recognized for the two things she loves most, riding motorcycles and helping people.
She was working at a Seattle hospital as an MRI technologist when she decided she wanted to be closer to her family. So, she applied at M. D. Anderson and lucked out. A position had just opened and the institution was interested in hiring Reed. She would be combining her experience as an MRI technologist along with doing protocol and clinical trials research.

Reed, a former Hospital Corpsman Second Class in the Navy and a former lead Petty Officer for the MRI Department at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., accepted and found herself back in Houston after being away for almost 15 years.

As a medical imaging technologist, Reed draws from her extensive background in working with the latest MRI technology to help train and educate physicians and technicians on how to use the MRI scanner in the BrainSUITE, which is a specially designed operating room used for MRI-guided brain surgeries.

It didn’t take long for Reed to earn the respect of her colleagues, who quickly recognized her hard work and volunteer efforts. Within two years, she received M. D. Anderson’s Outstanding Employee Award.

This recognition comes as no surprise. Reed has managed to take part in several charities and volunteer organizations while carrying a full workload.

She was one of the founding members of Riders for a Cure, an employee motorcycle group that raises money for M. D. Anderson and its patients through various events. She also is part of Harley’s Angels, a female riders’ group dedicated to breast cancer research. Last year, their calendar sales raised more than $70,000 for M. D. Anderson’s and Baylor College of Medicine’s breast cancer research programs.

Reed also volunteers in other ways, including teaching CPR, taking part in M. D. Anderson’s Adopt-A-Patient/Family program, and donating her time to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Reed says M. D. Anderson “is the first place that I’ve worked where I feel like I’m making a difference. To be able to do that, and at a higher capacity than just showing up for work, is very rewarding.”

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