Rayna Bounces Back

As a freshman, Rayna DuBose came off the bench to score 13 points in Virginia Tech’s win over the University of Vermont at the 2002 National Invitational Tournament. The young athlete had nowhere to go but up, and eyes were fixed on her as her basketball career began to take shape. But in April of that year, Rayna went toe-to-toe with the toughest opponent of her young life—not on the gym floor. This foe attacked from within, infiltrating her bloodstream with bacterial meningitis and sepsis. It was touch and go, and Rayna would have died had it not been for a discovery by OMRF’s Drs. Charles Esmon and Fletcher Taylor. Read about Rayna’s struggle with sepsis and the OMRF-born drug that saved her life here.