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Senior Mackenley Louis Sees Haitian Troubles Firsthand

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Xaverian has chosen Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains for its One Book-One Community read. One Xaverian student who hasn’t read the book (yet) is senior Mackenley Louis. He doesn’t need to read it because he’s already lived it.

On Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winning author Tracy Kidder will come to Xaverian to discuss his book. The book focuses on the life of Dr. Paul Farmer and details Farmer’s work in Haiti, Peru, and Russia. Kidder chronicles the challenges Farmer faced as he attempted to provide healthcare for the poor in Haiti.

Mackenley lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of the poorest cities in the world with his family. At 11 years old, he was diagnosed with a deadly heart disease. He was given no chance of living if he stayed in Haiti. Luckily, his father used his business connections to get him out of Haiti and to Boston for the heart surgery he needed—a rarity in poverty stricken country.

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