Leon Drabo spends time with children in Peru.
Leon Drabo spends time with children in Peru.
Men's Track & Field - Mon, Aug. 20, 2012
Leon Drabo is one step closer to making his dream come true.  The Dillard University alumnus went from collegiate cross country/track and field star to potential medical doctor in the short span of one year. 

Before completing his GRE exam, the former student-athlete spent three weeks in Peru for an internship for research in tropical medicine just months after he walked across the stage and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

"I was fortunate enough to shadow medical doctors in the Cusco Machu Picchu region of Peru," said Drabo. 

"For three weeks I was taking vigorous notes regarding tropical medicine and observing patients, and we would often help doctors produce blood film tests."

Drabo was born in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Washington D.C.  He decided to attend an HBCU and moved down to New Orleans to expand his horizons in a place completely different from where he grew up, so he applied and was accepted to Dillard University.  Drabo finished his studies at Dillard in May 2011, and during his time there he helped the track and field team earn a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) championship in his senior year.  Drabo is no stranger to hard work as he sacrificed his time and effort to take part in multiple cross country/track and field events such as the 100 meter dash, the 800 meter dash, the mile run, the 3000 meter dash, shot put and the long jump.

"After my trip to Peru, I realized something.  At the end of the day, it really does go back to my days on the track," said Drabo.  "I learned to take heed to everything Coach Williams, Coach Barthelemy and Coach T. (Martin) used to teach me; number one was to keep God first and foremost.  All the things they taught me not only helped me to be a better runner, but also to be a better person in life."

The hard work that Drabo has put in school has paid off.  In one week, Drabo will begin his Master's program in Biology at Tennessee State University.  After completing his Master's degree, Drabo plans to go to medical school to complete his dream of being a Medical Doctor.

"In life, I am carrying the same determination which I used during my time in track and field," said Drabo.  "I can always hear coach saying, ‘Keep running, open up your stride Leon.'  Remembering this motivates me to do the best job I can."


*Photo provided by Leon Drabo


Habtom Keleta

Sports Information Director