Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gifted Hands

It's not such a great movie, but it's a great story, and it's true. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is the biography of Dr. Ben Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon.
From Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Actor in a Supporting Role, Jerry Maguire, 1996) stars in this true story about a renowned brain surgeon who overcame obstacles to change the course of medicine forever. Young Ben Carson didn't have much of a chance. Growing up in a broken home amongst poverty and prejudice, his grades suffered and his temper flared. And yet, his mother never lost her faith in him. Insisting he follow the opportunities she never had, she helped to grow his imagination, intelligence and, most importantly, his belief in himself. That faith would be his gift - the thing that would drive him to follow his dream of becoming one of the world's leading neurosurgeons.
I saw this movie a couple of years ago, and didn't think much about it until recently, when I saw this video a friend posted. It's well worth sitting through the entire speech. Oh, and note who doesn't applaud.


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