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Gerneiva Parkinson grew up in Trinidad and Tobago,a country known for its carnival and calypso music. But for Gerneiva knew from what she experience around her that something had to be done to help women in Trinidad and Tobago that were suffering from breast cancer.

Parkinson, who is currently a medical student at Yale School of Medicine decided to do something about the increasing cancer rate among Trinidadian women. She paid for her first study with funds she collected door to door. Her next step is backed by a $250,000 grant.

The video below provides an overview of Parkinson’s research and how her study has brough DNA testing to women In Trinidad and Tobago.

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Born and raised in Freeport Bahamas, I am a lover of Caribbean life and all things equal. I believe that someday, the Caribbean will come together as one nation