Poor Alabama Child Becomes Doctor, Returns to Help Her Town

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Some studies show that a significant number of people remain in the social class they grow up in. That does not mean, however, that it is impossible to rise above one’s situation, and Dr. Carey McDade is a prime example.

McDade grew up in Alabama getting medical attention at the Maysville community location of Franklin Primary Health Care. This group of health care clinics specializes in offering medical services to many of the area’s poor households. According to McDade’s grandmother, Mary McDade, “When she was 3 years old, she decided she wanted to be a doctor, and she never changed her mind….Carey always wanted to do something for the community. She wants to help, and she wants to change things.” Little girl McDade followed through with her dream, and in 2008 she graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine to become the Dr. McDade that she is today.

At the age of 30, McDade has returned to Mobile this summer to offer her pediatric skills at Franklin Primary Health Care. She says that she not only wants to have a positive impact on the physical health of the children she treats but also on their minds. She wants them to know that poverty should not keep them from achieving great things. McDade shares, “You don’t have to have your circumstances dictate your life.  If you want to make a change, make that change….I overcame the circumstances. I am living proof that anyone can achieve their goals.”

This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.


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