LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. - A student in Kern County has been nominated to represent the state of California during a medical conference in our nation’s capital. The event is a chance to earn a full ride scholarship.
The conference puts students face-to-face with Nobel Prize winners, prominent medical school deans, young inventors and scientists. The only challenge is getting there.
Kelly Petty, 17, is not only ready for the holidays, but she’s also excited for her future.
“This is what I want for Christmas, I’m not even worried about anything else,” she said.
Petty is a Kern Valley High School senior. She’s been invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
“I would be able to view a surgery, learn about new technology and it’s what I’m interested in, I believe it will help me grow,” she said.
Petty is on top her game with a 4.0 GPA and acceptance letters to three universities, but a few years ago she was heading in the wrong direction.
“In 2010, I was addicted to marijuana, and alcohol,” said Petty.
One evening, she was hit by a car and loved ones say she almost died.
“I had been called and they told us the way that she looked, that they didn’t think she wasn’t going to make it to the hospital. And we got there and she was a lifeless body,” said mother, Tammy Wimmer.
Family members say the accident was a wake up call for Petty, who managed to get back on her feet and back on track.
“I’m ecstatic, a proud papa, a proud family. I just want to see the best for her,” said father, Casey Wimmer.
The family is feeling the financial crunch with medical bills piling up; they’re working hard to get Petty to D.C., so she can have a chance at becoming a nurse practitioner.
“I want to be able to have a career where I can help people and I felt like the best career for that is healthcare. I believe that I some how will find a way to go,” she said.
The conference is in early 2014, but the family has until December 23rd to raise about 25-hundred dollars to pay for it all.
The family has set up an account at Alta One (account # 137029-1) if anyone would like to donate.
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