DETROIT, MI (February 22, 2013) – World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will be the featured speaker at “Courage to Care: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Heroes,” a fundraiser for Covenant Community Care (CCC) that organizers also hope will inspire youth in the city.
Covenant Community Care is a multisite, not-for-profit community health center that provides medical and dental care to uninsured children in metropolitan Detroit. Evangelical Covenant churches in the area and Covenant Ministries of Benevolence are sponsoring the clinic.
The event will be held at from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, due to the large size of its sanctuary. A reception will follow.
Attendees should register online at the CCC website. A $50 donation is suggested. The first 500 Detroit area students who sign up online will receive two free tickets. Click here to access the forms and related information
The event is being built around Carson’s words, “The person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you.” Click here to see a video featuring Detroit youth.
Carson’s rise from mediocre student to one of the world’s premiere surgeons has been chronicled multiple times, including the television film, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” which starred Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Carson was raised in Detroit and struggled throughout elementary school, until his mother forced him to change bad habits and work more diligently. He went on to graduate with honors from Southwestern High School and then graduated from Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School.
At age 33, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest person to ever head a major division at the hospital. Carson made medical history in 1987 by when he became the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins who had been joined at the back of the head. Carson’s 70-member surgical team worked for 22 hours during the surgery.
President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, in 2008.
The main CCC clinic will be one of the sites visited during Covenant Mission Detroit in the two days prior to this year’s Annual Meeting.