While working as a hospital security guard, Russell Ledet mustered up the courage to ask a surgeon he was escorting if he could shadow him. That one question has led him to complete a PhD in molecular science, found a nonprofit for black doctors, serve in his third year of rotation at that same hospital and be the proud father of two. Set to graduate in 2022, he wants to work in pediatrics and inspire others who look like him to reach for their dreams.

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