BENEFITING: MALARIA NO MORE
EVENT DATE: May 31, 2011
My name is Franck David Nelson; I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I would like to become a Physician to help and to make a difference in other’s lives.
My interest in the field of medicine started back in 1998. Although I was only seven, the death of my older sister from Typhoid-malaria at the age of thirteen has inspired me tremendously. The pain and agony experienced only led me to wonder whether I could have done something to save her life. Knowing that it was too late to save my sister’s life, I knew that if becoming a doctor one day, I would have the opportunity to save others’ lives.
In the summer of 2006, due to terror and insecurity caused by rebels in the streets of Port-au-Prince, my parents who currently still live in Haiti decided to send me to Trenton New Jersey where I resided with my oldest sister. Three years later in 2009, I got accepted to Seton Hall University with a four-year full tuition scholarship from the Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Program. I am currently a sophomore at Seton Hall University majoring in Biology following the Physician’s Assistant Track.
Despite living alone so I can be closer to school, I was able to overcome all adversities and become a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars NSCS. As a member of the NSCS, I was recently presented with a wonderful opportunity that would be of great supplement of not only my academic experience but also my future medical knowledge. I have been nominated to attend the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) delegation on Medicine this coming summer. I would have the unique opportunity to go to China. The International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) Delegation on Medicine to China will provide access to the people, places and perspectives at the core of a unique approach to the complex social and financial issues underlying the delivery of healthcare. With special access to hospitals, clinics and universities, lectures by doctors, practitioners and administrators, interesting activities, group discussions and immersion in the sights, sounds, people and places that make up these complex multi-cultural nations, I will return with not only a new perspective on health care, but also on what I want to achieve in my medical career.
The program will run from June 5th to June 12th of 2011. My attendance to such an excellent program would be a great asset to both my future medical knowledge and experience. I would love to be a participant however the cost of attendance is excessively above my financial abilities. The program will cost a total of $4,200 to cover tuition, plane tickets as well as room and board. I need to raise this total by April 1st.
The earthquake in Haiti has had major financial impacts on my parents. Unfortunately, they cannot financially assist me. Please understand that I really need your help. By donating to my cause, you are not simply helping one individual from just a community but the entire nation of Haiti as my education will not simply favor communities from the United States but also the country of Haiti and anyone who requires the needed assistance. Thus, I would be extremely grateful if you may please assist me in any financial way to make this dream of attending the conference a reality. Please, any donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your understanding and generosity.