Cincinnati Children's Blog

From Homelessness to Biologist to Med School

Even though she grew up surrounded by drugs, violence and neglect, 24-year-old Kayla Kinker always knew there was something better out there waiting for her. Kayla, a research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s, recently told her inspiring story to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Kayla’s home life was so unstable in high school that she spent her entire senior year living in a homeless shelter. But with the help of a dedicated teacher and others, she graduated from Holmes High School in 2007 with a full scholarship to Berea College where she earned a degree in cellular molecular biology. She got a job at Cincinnati Children’s right out of college.

Kayla will attend medical school in the fall at the University of Kentucky, with the ultimate goal of coming back to Covington and open a free clinic.

Read Kayla’s full story from The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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