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Helping people with many disabilities

Cool Kid Charissa Kim
April 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
She's barely a teenager, and is already planning a career in medicine and public service.Charissa Kim is a Cool Kid in so many ways. She enrolled in college at 14-years-old and she excels in the classroom. But her work with the organization Familia Unida Living With Multiple Sclerosis gives her a place to get valuable life lessons.

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"I feel really blessed when I work with people with disabilities because they are so positive, so patient and so happy despite everything that they are going through. They are wonderful people to learn from," said Kim.

Charissa does everything from office work to taking calls from members searching for that caring voice.

"She didn't have anyone to talk to so she called us and I ended up talking to her. She didn't have a problem or an urgent issue. She just needed someone to talk to and I think it is those small moments that add up," said Kim.

The combination of youth and deep concern are qualities that do not go unnoticed.

"I have never met anyone like Charissa. To see that, has been a learning experience for all of us and to admire the generations to come and she is a great example of that. We love her for her compassion," said Irma Resendez, the Founder and President of Familia Unida Living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Medical school is in her very near future. Because of Familia Unida, Charissa has an idea of her specific career path.

"I think that if I really enjoy the classes my ultimate career goals and research will be tied into working with people with disabilities," said Kim.

Intelligence and heart beyond her years, she is our Cool Kid, Charissa Kim.

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