An article by Statesman.com announces to the world a candidate for this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.
Her name is Doctor Jennifer Walden, and she is a plastic surgeon in Austin, Texas, where she was born in November, 1971. She graduated second in her class from the University of Texas Medical Branch, following the footsteps of her parents into the medical field.
But then Doctor Walden began cutting her own path in the world. She became the first woman ever appointed to the board of directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, known as ASAPS for short. She helped write the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery textbook. She opened her own practice– the Jennifer L. Walden, MD, PLLC & Walden Cosmetic Surgery And Laser Center– where she sees most of her patients within fifteen feet of her office, and nearly all of them go home the same day.
But Doctor Walden is not just a physician. She is also the mother of two young men, the twins Rex and Houston, who are Doctor Walden’s pride and joy. No one yet knows if they will follow in her footsteps into the medical field.
As a mother, Doctor Walden knows what it is to make sacrifices for her children, to make the hard choices. And as a doctor, she knows that sometimes, even if someone does everything right, sometimes things just do not work out. It is likely for that reason that Doctor Walden is competing in the drive to become the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year.
She competes in honor of a local child who is a blood cancer survivor, hoping to generate fanfare and donations for the research of cures and the care of patients across the country.
Every dollar someone donates through her counts as a vote in her favor, bringing her one step closer to the title, but Doctor Walden says it is both her privilege and her honor to be a part of the Society’s quest for a world absolutely free of patients who suffer from blood cancers.