Friends and Colleagues,

Feel good stories -- the positive slices of life which fuel the belief that a combination of talent, commitment, attitude, passion and just plain hard work can overcome the crippling effects of crushing poverty and intolerance -- are at the heart of the American Dream. Today’s feature on UNLV School of Medicine third-year student Caleena Longworth -- her enlistment in the military helped pay for undergraduate school and she’s gone on to become a First Lieutenant in the Nevada Air National Guard -- is such a story. While a successful outcome to a medical crisis as a youngster spawned her dream of becoming a physician, it is her grit, her doggedness of pushing forward when times get tough, that is turning the dream of this military officer/veteran into a reality.