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A Pact Among Young Men

by David DeFord

The young African-American men, living in the slums of Newark, New Jersey made a pact. Together they resolved to free themselves of the usual road to crime, drugs and ruined lives of their family and friends. Like the Three Musketeers, they made solemn promises to their three-some. They promised each other that they would become doctors.

From early childhood, after an inspiring dental appointment George Jenkins wanted to become a dentist. The dentist had taken time to explain the instruments and procedures to the young boy.

Sampson Davis, already headed down the wrong path at age six, suffered an injury that took him from the regular company of his older brothers and neighbors. This injury probably saved his life. At age ten, Sam was very much inspired by his Kung-fu teacher. This mentor taught him discipline and self-worth.

Rameck Hunt’s mother, a heroin addict, and his father divorced when he was just a toddler. His great influence came from is grandmother whom he called “Ma.” She taught Rameck that he had great potential. A school guidance counselor also saw the raw talent of the young boy, and steered him toward positive opportunities for years.

Each of the boys suffered many set-backs following their pact—troubles with family, serious brushes with the law, and extremely powerful neighborhood peer pressure to give up resign themselves to the lot of their other friends.

As they faced these challenges, the three found encouragement in each other. They had promised one another that they would succeed. And succeed they did.

Together, at the same exercises, Sam Davis and Rameck Hunt received their M.D. degrees, and George Jenkins his D.D.S. from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

They have chosen to stay in or near their old neighborhood and serve the people they left behind. The three also formed a foundation to provide scholarships to young people who would not have the opportunity continue their studies otherwise.

Inspired by teachers, coaches, school counselors and relatives, these young men accomplished what they had been told was impossible.

Who knows what influence we have on those we serve? We may see them as fresh youth, interested only in fitting in. But maybe our influence serves as a catalyst to greatness.

The pact these young friends made carried them through. Sam wrote, “It would take years for me to learn that friendship can lift you up, strengthen and empower you, or break you down, weaken and defeat you.”

We teach youth to choose their friends wisely, that peer pressure can lift or kill them. Many fail to realize that this applies to adults as well.

May we all lift and strengthen all of those around us.

To read more about this inspiring story, follow the link to the book “The Pact” below.

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The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt
Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life's temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most...together.

Left for Dead : My Journey Home from Everest
by Beck Weathers
“I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling — quite literally a dead man walking — into camp and the shaky start of my return to life....”
In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him.
Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, caked with ice — coming down the mountain as a “dead man walking.”
In this powerful memoir, Weather describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed nine climbers; he describes another journey, a life’s journey. This is the story of a man’s route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since.
In Left for Dead, we are witness to survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life, and the most remarkable adventure of all: what we can do when we’re offered a second chance.

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