My parents immigrated to the United States from Europe, and they realized the value of higher education. They instilled that value in me. Growing up, I learned that physicians help people eliminate their health as an obstacle in daily life. Personally, I often felt better and more reassured just by seeing a doctor and talking about my particular issue. I wanted to provide that same reassurance to others. A new diagnosis of cancer is one of the most most alarming and challenging obstacles for patients and their families. It was these obstacles, seeing a person whose life is in danger, that drove me to become a physician, to try and help people overcome their challenges. I am grateful to my immigrant parents for working hard to provide me with the opportunity to pursue my dreams.