For several years, Teri Boger could not join Duke’s MURDOCK Study.
Boger lives in Rockwell, where she was born and raised. During the early years of the study, Rockwell was not included in the geographic recruitment area. When the boundary was expanded, Boger was thrilled to learn that people living in Rockwell’s zip code were eligible to join.
“I enrolled immediately,” she said.
Boger completes her Annual Follow-Up Form every year as soon as it arrives. Thanks to her dedication and a little luck, she won the Duke-MURDOCK Study Follow-Up Raffle for the third quarter of 2015 and chose the Kindle Fire tablet as her prize.
“I fill out my follow-up form every year because I feel like researchers need to know what’s going on with my health,” she said. “If I skip a year, your data may not be accurate, and I believe in accuracy.”
A staff assistant in corporate risk management for Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast for the past 10 years, Boger said she learned about the MURDOCK Study from Duke employees who were enrolling participants at the hospital.
“I just thought it was unique and a really great opportunity to make a difference,” she said. “There are not many places around here where you can participate in clinical research.”
As a mother, Boger said she felt compelled to join the MURDOCK Study to help researchers help future generations.
“I thought it would be interesting to see what Duke can do with data that would potentially impact my child or other children in the future,” she said. “I’m hoping this will help people stay healthy.”