#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Cherri Lynn Smith, 51, of Keller, TX

Cherri Smith In 1996, she was enrolled in college pursuing a nursing degree when her 16-year-old son was killed. “My world was turned upside down. But now, after years of working office jobs, I can finally move on and finish what I started,” Smith said.

With one year left to complete the medical assistant program at Everest College, Fort Worth, TX, Smith hopes to work as a medical assistant in a children’s hospital. She maintains straight As and has two sons living at home. She also raises her grandson and works for an insurance company.

“I have had a rough life,” she admits. “And I want to have the career I have always dreamed of, which is making children happy and making them feel better. I will devote the rest of my life to this goal of seeing a child’s face light up and knowing I am helping them mentally and physically.”

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