"Three Doctors" share story of success

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October 19th, 2010

By Angel Martin

Growing up in the inner city, in poverty and without a father in the household can lead many people to a life of uncertainty. But, last week, three men shared their story in Omaha of how they overcame those obstacles, and became known as the “Three Doctors.”

As teens, Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis, and George Jenkins made a pact to become doctors (Photo courtesy The Three Doctors Foundation)

“We came back to the scene of the crime, and guess who’s there? The police. So we get locked up, all of us.” Doctor Rameck Hunt told a crowd of about 150 people at the Eastern Nebraska Community Partnership (ENCAP) Gala Oct. 15 about a brush with the law when he was 16. Rameck grew up in Newark, New Jersey, he said, and as a kid, he was bright and smart. But in high school, he and his friends made some bad choices. At one point, they beat up a man on school grounds, who was on drugs. Hunt pulled out a knife, and that’s how the incident became an attempted murder charge. “Even though it was a split second, it seemed like an eternity,” he said.

As teenagers, Hunt and his two friends, Sampson Davis, and George Jenkins, made a pact to put their troubled past behind them, go to college and become doctors. Today, they have realized that dream. They have written three books, and regularly tour the country sharing their story to other troubled teens. Reverend Dwight Ford is the executive director of ENCAP. He said ENCAP works with young people who face some of the same obstacles, as well as seniors, poor families and ex-offenders returning back into the community. They would all benefit from hearing this story, he said, one of self-determination and success. “What we also want people to know is that poverty does not have to be permanent,” he said. “That’s what we’re here for.” It’s not just about “having programs,” he said, but “actually moving people out of poverty.”

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