DELPHOS — Lizzie Chung, 14, a freshman at Delphos Jefferson High School, is one of those rare young ladies who knows what she wants to do after high school. Her reasoning for choosing what she wants to do is heartbreaking.
On July 30, 2018, her father, Howard, died from complications from multiple sclerosis.
“I should be able to graduate (high school) with a bachelors degree and then after that, I want to go to Harvard Medical School and then I want to open up my own hospital and have a multiple sclerosis research center connected to it. I want to be a neurosurgeon. I want to cure the disease that he had,” she said.
Lizzie saw her father as a positive light in her life.
“I guess it was more the attitude that he had with his illness. He never gave up and he would encourage my siblings and I to just continue to push through every day and look out for what’s important in life and not focus on the negative things but more positive (things),” she said.
Lizzie spent a lot of her time helping to take care of her father.
“I would help bathe him and dress him and I would feed him, give him his pills in the morning, help transfer him from his bed to his chair,” she said.
Lizzie should have her bachelors degree when she graduates high school thanks to the College Credit Plus program.
“The school pays for my textbooks and my classes,” she said.
Angie Chung, Lizzies’ mother, says she is very proud of Lizzie, who has been feisty since she was born.
”She was born two months early, so whenever she complains about her birthday being around Christmas, we always told her it was her fault because she decided when she was going come out, but that is sort of is her personality,” mom said. “Some of the things, I think, she picked up from her dad is anyone she meets, she is able to make them feel like they’re important and that’s something I don’t think you can really teach people. It’s just something that you just develop by watching and so she’s very much a go-getter, but she’s also humble. I think that’s what will make her a great physician and just a great leader someday.”
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