|Nació en Medellín, Colombia y a sus 13 años emigró con su familia a Estados Unidos. Una vez graduada de su High School, inicia sus estudios en ciencias médicas en el St. Joseph’s College; allí realizó una exhaustiva investigación sobre el cáncer, lo que posteriormente la llevó a realizar su tesis de grado sobre este mismo tema, su investigación le permitió graduarse con honores en biología Pre-Médica. Espera especializarse en pediatría y posteriormente combinarlo con oncología o cardiología. Además, espera seguir haciendo misiones médicas/humanitarias alrededor del mundo, como lo hizo en el 2016 cuando viajó a África.|
Melisa Jaramillo-Vasquez was born in Colombia. She came to the United States at 13 years old with the dream of becoming a professional in healthcare. She decided to pursue this field after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Melisa knew she had to excel academically to make her dreams a reality. In her senior year at Central Islip Senior High School, her hard work and dedication allowed her to receive the St. Joseph’s College Presidential Grant. While at St. Joseph’s, she focused her senior thesis on breast cancer and conducted research in the topic. She
graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with honors. Melisa volunteers at blood drives and participates in other activities helping those in need and people who have been affected by natural disasters.
She has volunteered with Southside hospital and Mark Medical Care. Additionally, she has been a volunteer for the Brentwood/ Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition and the annual Long Island 2 Day Walk to fight breast cancer. In 2016, she traveled to Kenya, Africa on a medical/humanitarian mission. With a group of healthcare providers and volunteers, providing medical examinations, vaccines, tests for malaria and HIV. They also painted schools, cleaned streets, and did activities with the youth. An experience she wishes to continue doing in her future.
In 2017, Melisa’s mom was diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer. This family difficulty has only deepened her desire to continue in the medical field, specializing in pediatrics combined with oncology or cardiology.