"The Three Doctors" Honored for Friendship, Success

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) -- Three teenagers overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to live their dreams and strengthen their friendship in the process. It sounds like a movie, but it's the true life story of "The Three Doctors." Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis, and Dr. George Jenkins share their inspirational story of friendship and success all over the country. Canisius College brought them to Williamsville Friday in honor of Black History Month.
It was a celebration at Zion Dominion Global Ministries in Williamsville Friday morning. Hundreds of students and supporters came out to recognize "The Three Doctors." Mayor Byron Brown even proclaimed February 18th, 2011 "the Three Doctors Day" in the city of Buffalo.
Drs. Hunt, Davis, and Jenkins shared their story on how how three teenagers from the tough streets of Newark, New Jersey followed their dreams together. Dr. Sampson Davis says, "The three of us met in high school and became the best of friends. And we made this pack to become doctors."
Dr. Jenkins says it was his own crooked teeth that sparked his interest in dentistry. Dr. Hunt and Dr. Davis agreed that becoming doctors would allow them to help people and their community. "We just dove in. We didn't really think about it. We just had a lot of survival instincts kick in. We just wanted more than what we saw in our neighborhood." Dr. Jenkins says.
But the path to success was bumpy. While all three did well academically, there were many challenges along the way. "The biggest challenge was the financial burden, I think." Dr. Jenkins tells us,"Trying to make sure that we had enough resources to continue our journey."
The doctors stuck to their goals and stuck by each other. They never let excuses or obstacles beat them down. "We want young people to know that you can overcome odds." Dr. Hunt advises, "Keep your eye on the prize and try not to focus on the negative in your life."
In the 10 years since they began sharing their story, "The Three Doctors" have written three books. That includes the New York Time's best seller, "The Pact." They wrote the book as a blueprint for anyone looking to overcome obstacles.