Injury-prone teen wants to help others heal

April 05, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer

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JaNece ReidInjury-prone teen wants to help others heal

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - JaNece Reid, 17, has firsthand knowledge about sports injuries.

She's broken bones and sprained joints while playing basketball and other sports.

The Jefferson High School junior has spent enough time getting treated for her injuries to know she wants to help heal others.

This summer, Reid will be joining about 350 other students from across the country at the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., to learn about careers in medicine.


They'll tour hospitals, spend time in classrooms and hear lectures from medical researchers and practitioners.

Doctors at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where her mother works in the lab, donated money to help pay the $1,630 tuition for the July 12-22 program.

Reid, who has a 3.5 grade point average, said she wants to become a physical therapist or medical doctor.

"It depends on what kind of doctor, though," Reid said. "I'm not into all of the blood."

Reid, who also is a member of the Jefferson High marketing club, is going to Denver on April 24 for the club's national competition. The local group earned the trip by winning a state contest.

She is also a member of the student government, the National Honor Society and the peer mediation program.

She also works as a cashier at Martin's supermarket in Charles Town.

But it's her sports experience that has led her to consider a career in medicine.

"I'm always getting hurt, breaking a bone or spraining something," Reid said, laughing.

As a ninth-grader at Charles Town Junior High, she was playing in the county basketball championship semifinals when she hurt her left wrist.

Her mother wanted her to go to the hospital, but the team won the game and Reid said she did not want to miss the championship.

"I told her I'd always regret it if I missed it," Reid said.

She played the game and even blocked a shot with her left arm. After receiving the championship trophy, she went to the hospital and learned she had broken several bones in her wrist.

She wore a cast for months, she said.

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