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Medical student thankful for outpouring of support

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 2:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston

GORDON PEN, St Catherine:

Second-year medical student Venessa Green is bursting with gratitude, following the overwhelming responses she got after her story was published in The Gleaner on Thursday, January 26.

Faced with many obstacles in making her dream of becoming a first-class doctor and helping her fellowman a reality, Green is again reaching out, this time to say thanks to all those who have offered their support, to ensuring she realises her dream.

"Firstly, I must give God all the honour and glory, because He indeed answers prayers. He was aware of the situation and he opened multiple doors of opportunities for me, and for that I can only exalt His name, because He is an on-time God," said Green, who is an ardent Christian.

She told Rural Xpress that individuals have committed to purchase or donate the much-needed textbooks and medical equipment that she so badly needs not only for this current semester, but subsequent ones.


"I have received some of the texts so far that have been very useful and more convenient, in terms of portability and ease of reading when compared to my laptop I also received assistance for my hall of residence expenses for this semester," a grateful Green informed.

Commenting on the outpouring of support following her story, Green said it is greatly appreciative and has definitely alleviated some of the financial constraints that she was experiencing. There is no measuring the depths of gratitude she is now feeling.

"I did not expect individuals to respond with such alacrity to my article. I was in constant dialogue with persons from all walks of life, so to speak, via telephone, email and Facebook. I was overwhelmed with the amount attention I was receiving, I honestly felt like a celebrity over the past week," reveals Green.

Help for Green did not only come in tangible means, but she also benefited through "powerful words of encouragement" which she said empowered her to continue excelling to rise above the odds.

"I am also grateful for the RuJohn Foundation for their continued support, PALAS Foundation for actively seeking assistance on my behalf, past institutions that I was associated with for coming on board, and to all the individuals who contributed whether cash, kind or words of encouragement. I am now even more motivated to continue to excel in all aspects of life," she said, adding that she can now reach out to motivate others who may be feeling discouraged or facing a similar situation as she was in, especially those from her Gordon Pen community.

"I can inspire them to rise above the odds to and to encourage them to never allow their current socio-economic status determine their future."