- Medical groups use the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to inspire, motivateand direct students following medicine.It's an event for the brightest young Americans. This year's event will include an Eagle River junior. Jessica Sullivan goes to school at Northland Pines High School. She's excited tosee the nation's capital for the first time. But she wasn't completely on board with the opportunity when she first got theletter in the mail."At first I was kind of indifferent because I thought it was a scam, justsomething to get money," Sullivan said. "And then we looked into it and when wesaw it was backed by the American Heart association then we began to get excited."Sullivan has a genetic condition that impacts the symmetry of her body. That's why her left leg was about four inches shorter than her right leg. Doctors have helped extend the bone through painful operations to match thelength of her right leg. Sullivan says she's had more than 10 surgeries.But her mother Theresa finds inspiration in her daughter."Every day keeping her focus up and her optimism and determination and you knowshe's been my inspiration," Theresa said. "So I'm not just proud of her but I'min awe."Jessica Sullivan says she wants to help people the way doctors helped her. She'll be in Washington for the Congress on February 14th.The Sullivan's will get the chance to meet PhDs, Nobel Prize winners and IvyLeague reps during the three day program. Sullivan says each day's programstarts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
Written By: Adam Fox