One student combats personal struggle with an enviable outlook on life and a desire to forge connections wherever he goes.
Kenny’s childhood was spent in and out of the hospital. Numerous surgeries led to feelings of isolation, but he came out of the experience with a powerful desire to live his life as fully as possible.
His typical day starts after his mom leaves for work before dawn. His 9-year-old sister Emily usually wakes him up, excited to get to school or dance class and not too concerned about waiting until the 7:30 a.m. departure time Kenny tries to remind her of. After cooking breakfast, dropping Emily off, and delivering his brother to high school, Kenny heads off to starting his studies or work.
“I can’t be at different places all at once, so he’s been great. He helps me more than anyone else, Kenny is very positive, he’s very outgoing. He just cares for the world and it amazes me.” — Phear Jenkins
Despite his own challenges and taking on big responsibilities at home, Kenny exudes energy and optimism. His positivity extends to his general outlook and how he views himself and the challenges that come his way.