Volunteer Spotlight: Gavin Murray

Volunteer Spotlight: Gavin Murray

Tell us about your professional/educational background.
I recently graduated from BYU with a B.S in Neuroscience and a minor in Global Business
and Literacy. I also earned my ACTFL certification as a Spanish speaker. I am currently applying
to medical schools to hopefully become a neurologist.

What makes the National CMV Foundation's mission powerful for you?
The mission to eliminate CMV in the coming generation is powerful for me because what
has been done to people who have it already is done, but we can make an extremely meaningful
impact on the future generations through development of a vaccine.

What made you decide to get more involved with the National CMV Foundation, as a
Community Alliance Chair?

I decided to get more involved because my son was born with CMV and I want to do all
in my power to prevent any other parent from dealing with the ache we felt when we got the

In your role as CMV Community Alliance Chair, what goals have you set for 2024?
My main goal is to do something impactful to bring us closer to a vaccine!

What does success look like to you?
I think that success can come in many ways for this goal, but something I know I am in
control of is to raise funds through activities for the research.

What motivates you?
I am motivated by many things, but I envision myself feeling motivated in this role as I
make connections with people who have similarly been impacted by this virus, as well as when I
feel like I am accomplishing things. Aside from those two thoughts, I think just being with my
son each day will serve as a constant reminder and motivation of the good work that’s done
through this organization.

Favorite quote?
Viktor E. Frankl once said, "The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose one's attitude in a
given set of circumstances."

What do you like most about living in Utah?
The mountains are amazing! I like the culture here that is so energetic and outgoing. Most
everyone seems altruistic and kind-hearted, which my wife and I love.

You're happiest when?
When I am spending time with family, making my wife and son laugh mostly, as well as playing