We here at In the Loop love a story with a happy ending. (We have a hunch you do, too.) And it's hard to find a story with a happier ending than that of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D. Dr. Q, as he's affectionately known to his patients at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, is not only chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery but also spearheading NIH-funded research to cure brain cancer. He recently told News4Jax that he believes he is "destined" to find a cure for the disease.
It would have been nearly impossible to predict any of that based on Dr. Q's humble beginnings. Born in a small village outside of Mexicali, Mexico, Dr. Q started working at just 5 years old to help with his family's expenses. When he finished school, he knew he wanted something more. And he believed the something he wanted — opportunity, hope for a better life — lay to the north. So when he was 19, he jumped a border fence and came to the United States. He spoke no English, had no documents, and had very little money in his pocket. Read the rest of the story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.