Medical school preparation program needs more funding (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 06:53 PM.

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Franco Simon said seeing his daughter wear a white lab coat while walking on stage with other students brought tears to his eyes.

"Watching her grow up from a child to a woman and knowing that she is going into the (medical) profession — it brings me joy," he said. "I didn't have this opportunity growing up. I tell my children to seize the moment ... the sky is the limit."  

Shanice Bernard, a CHS and Davidson graduate, is learning just that. She's studying at FSU pursuing a degree in the medical field, for which she credits SSTRIDE.

"Being part of this program provided me with the support system that I needed," she said.

Sponsors help support the support system, Penny Eubanks', SSTRIDE's Okaloosa County coordinator, said. 

North Okaloosa Medical Center stepped into fund the group's March field trip to FSU's chemistry department, she said.

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