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Sheg and Carlana are determined to raise the money to ease Eric's burden of debt. Eric grew up in South Central Los Angeles and is about to graduate from UCLA School of Medicine. When he does, he will have $206,000 in student loans to pay off. The sooner he pays off the loans, the sooner he will be able to fulfill his dreams of working with children and correcting physical deformities free of charge.
"Having positive role models is crucial for the success of the kids from this area," Eric says. "My purpose and my passion is to be exactly that—someone the kids can look at and say, 'Hey, I wouldn't mind having some of the qualities that he has.'"