'The Pact' Doctors bringing message of hope to Fort Wayne - October 09, 2008

Record Number: 4378
Displayed from: Oct 03, 2008 , until: Oct 28, 2008

The Three Doctors who wrote the book The Pact will visit Fort Wayne Tuesday, Oct. 28, sharing their message of perseverance and hope with students and others who are interested in their story. Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins grew up on the inner-city streets in Newark, N.J. Succumbing to the pitfalls of their tough neighborhood would have been easy, but with the encouragement of a teacher, the three teens made a commitment to each other to focus on education and go to medical school. Though they faced challenges along the way, each is now a doctor. Dr. Hunt is a board-certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Dr. Jenkins serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Davis is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at St. Michaels Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey. Together, they travel the country telling their story to students in urban areas encouraging them to break out of the cycle of poverty and find their own successes. In Fort Wayne Community Schools, students at Snider High School formed their own Pact groups last year and are helping each other succeed. Students from Fort Wayne Community Schools, East Allen County Schools, Anthis Career Center and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will have the opportunity to hear the doctors during the day on Oct. 28. In the evening, the community is invited to a presentation at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre. The event is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6 p.m. This is a fantastic opportunity for our young people and the entire community to hear the inspiring story of these doctors, Anthis Career Center Principal Larry Gerardot said. Many of our students are faced with some of the same obstacles these gentlemen ran into, but their commitment and dedication to their goals and each other led them out of poverty and into successful careers. Our students need to know there is hope regardless of their situation.
Prior to the doctors' arrival, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) will present The Pact documentary on WFWA PBS39 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. Following the one-hour documentary, there will be a half-hour call-in show. The Three Doctors are being brought to Fort Wayne through a consortium of local organizations and donors, including Anthis Career Center, The Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation, Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation, FWCS, CANI, WFWA PBS39, United Way of Allen County, IPFW, IPFW NEI-AHEC, City of Fort Wayne, Dupont Hospital, EACS, Great Kids Make Great Communities, Parkview Hospital, Dr. Al McGee, Drs. Michelle and Kenneth Austin, Dr. Terrell Bond, Jr., and The Len-Ari Foundation. The Schneider Foundation is providing funds to purchase copies of The Pact for FWCS and EACS. It has been an amazing experience to see so many organizations working together to bring The Three Doctors to Fort Wayne, said Susan Peirce, PBS39's Education Outreach Coordinator. With the dedication and commitment of these agencies, we hope to make a difference in the lives of young people long after The Doctors' visit. For more information on the event, contact CANI at 423-3546 or 800-589-2264.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.