"Although I could fill many pages of New Mainers who have inspired me and given me great hope, I always land first on a young woman I will call Cheri. She has 2 older and 2 younger brothers, and was sent to the US by her parents after rebels attacked their home and she and one brother were seriously hurt. They could only afford to send 1 child, so chose the girl, who they believe to be in most danger. Since arriving here she has learned English as her 5th language, finished high school in 3 years, after already having graduated in Burundi, and gotten a full scholarship to Wheaton College. She has overcome the loss of her family, and her country, and has volunteered to work in programs serving newly arrived families, helping interpret for them, and teaching them important coping and life skills. How can such a young person possess such resiliency, motivation, and vision of her future that encompasses the goal of becoming a public health doctor or neurologist, and assure improved medical care to the 3rd world?
If she and others like her are our future, I'm committed to assure their success!"
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