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Credits: Jesse Gift – Producer, Writer, Director, Editor
From a Heartbreaking Childhood to Triumph | The inspirational true story of Ramon Resa
Ramon was abandoned by his birth parents and raised as one of 15 children by his grandparents who were farmworkers. All 15 children were put to work full-time in the fields to help the family make ends meet. He lived in severe poverty and neglect, often wondering if he would eat that day as he picked oranges for the nation to enjoy. On top of all that, Ramon struggled with a serious speech impediment making him the target of daily ridicule at school.
Ramon’s grade school teachers planted the vision of a better life in him. They told Ramon that he was smart, encouraging him to work hard so he could attend college. Their vision of a better life took root in Ramon. He became a top student in his school and set his sights on college. Meantime, his guardians constantly badgered him about attending college as they counted on him to support them in their old age.
Ramon’s life in college and medical school is captivating and dramatic. Even more notable is the first thing he did upon receiving his license to practice medicine. Dr. Resa and his wife packed up and drove to California’s Central Valley (where he grew up) and set up practice. For over 20 years, he’s provided pediatric care to children from poor farm working families, like he was. Dr. Resa living and breathing proof to his young patients they too can rise to a better life. Through public speaking engagements, his memoir and now this documentary, Dr. Resa’s life story will inspire countless others to never give up.
RAMON RISING is Produced by The Documentary Studio.