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TAMIU Communication Sciences and Disorders Students Help Children Battling Cancer Posted: 10/14/20

TAMIU Communication Sciences and Disorders Students Help Children Battling Cancer



Thirty-one Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDO) program students helped create literacy and sensory-based activities for local children battling cancer.

The activities were distributed to local children diagnosed with cancer and those undergoing treatment. A total of 14 children benefited from these literacy activities, with materials distributed in a way for children to take along with them to out-of-town hospital and clinical visits while receiving medical care.

The endeavor was organized by Dr. Melissa García, TAMIU clinical associate professional in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

“It is important for CSDO students to participate in community-based events as they promote academic growth, civic engagement, and personal enrichment. The donations were directly related to clinical academic learning experiences and therefore, enhance the quality of the students’ learning,” explained García.

García asserts that these community-oriented opportunities allow students to deepen their understanding of what they know, who they are, and their role in making their community a better place.

The activity was inspired and helps support the efforts of Smiles from Heaven, a local nonprofit organization that supports children fighting childhood cancer and their families. Learn more about the Smiles from Heaven endeavor by visiting

For more information on the Communication and Sciences Disorders program at TAMIU, contact García at 956.326.3139 or email

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) is one of the 11 university members of The Texas A&M University System.  A primarily Hispanic-serving, State-assisted university founded in 1970,  its 300-acre campus is located in northeast Laredo, Texas on former ranchland.  

Home to 8,500 students from around the world, TAMIU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education and nursing. As its name affirms, TAMIU maintains a special focus on developing an international academic agenda for the State of Texas. 

U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Edition of its popular Best Colleges guide ranks TAMIU as the second highest-ranked Texas public university in its Best Regional Universities West category and the highest-ranked regional campus of The Texas A&M University System.

TAMIU is also ranked second in the nation and first in Texas  for having the lowest student debt, on average $3,477 in loans. TAMIU  also ranks 5th in the nation among the 100 Most Affordable Public Schools with the Highest Return on Investment according to ranking authority Great Value Colleges. 

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