From migrant worker to the big screen.
In 1987, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa crossed the U.S./Mexico border. He was 19 years old at the time and didn’t know any English. Unsurprisingly, his first job in the United States was as a migrant worker at a farm outside of Fresno, Calif.
That was just the beginning; Quiñones-Hinojosa was meant for something greater. While working as a farmhand, he saved up enough money for English classes. Next up was community college, then the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a psychology degree. After Berkeley, Quiñones-Hinojosa went to Harvard Medical School and also became a U.S. citizen. Fast forward to now and Dr. Q, as he’s affectionally called, is the director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program, the Pituitary Surgery Program, and the Brain Tumor Stem Cell lab, all at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Oh yeah, and he also wrote a book.
But wait, there’s more! Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Q takes time to sign books for his fans… and give a thumbs up!
He reps Barça …and gives them a thumbs up!
He also likes to run marathons… and give a thumbs up while doing it.
Dr. Q is an inspiring figure and the embodiment of the immigrant rags-to-riches story, which is why his life story is being made into movie by none other than Brad Pitt.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pitt’s production company Plan B is working with Disney to bring this inspiring story to a movie theater near you.
Dr. Q’s story needs to be told, especially given that we live in a country founded by immigrants and where being blatantly anti-immigrant can likely earn you a presidential nomination.
You can read more about the upcoming Dr. Q movie over at the Hollywood Reporter.
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