Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True

Teen had a wish come true Monday when he met his role model, Dr. Carson
By Trish Bennett of the Circleville Herald
Photo by Nancy Radcliff

A middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben Carson, who was visiting the city Monday as part of OCU’s annual Leadership Forum in the Maxwell Center on campus.

Officials at OCU discovered the teen’s essay on the Internet and decided to arrange the surprise meeting before the evening’s event. “I was interested in his background,” Reisinger said. “He was an inner city kid who worked his way to becoming a very successful doctor.”

Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, is now retired and serves as Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He writes a weekly opinion column for The Washington Times and is a FOX News contributor and author. It was Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” that caught Reisinger’s attention, he said, and inspired the essay.

At Monday’s meeting, Reisinger said the good doctor did not disappoint. “I felt like he would be a very humble person,” Reisinger said. “And he has to be a pretty humble person, because he’s a genius but he carries himself as very down to earth.”

In addition to the personal meeting, Reisinger and his family were invited to attend dinner and the evening’s Leadership Forum at the university.

Carson was one of four guest speakers at Monday’s sold-out event. He was joined by Senator Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania native and Republican candidate for President in 2012; Dr. John Maxwell, OCU alumnus and leadership expert; and Pastor Gerald Brooks, a speaker on organizational leadership.

Originally posted on CirclevilleToday.com on April 21, 2014.