At age 3, Ramon Resa became a “farmworker boy,” picking cotton, oranges, and grapes in California’s Central Valley. Raised by his Mexican grandparents as one of 15 children, his world was one of poverty, neglect, abuse, and total disregard for education. It was his grade-school teachers who opened his eyes to the idea of going to college and becoming a doctor. The odds stacked against him—poverty, low self-esteem, a speech impediment, recurring depression, and prejudice—were overwhelming. When his grandparents urged him to give up his dream and get a factory job so he could pay them back for taking him in, he almost caved in. But, armed only with his stubborn belief in himself and the love and support of his college sweetheart Debbie, now his wife of more than 30 years, he persisted and finished medical school. Then he returned to the Central Valley and opened his pediatric practice, where he has spent two decades working with poor and underserved children like the child he was.