Lexington, North Carolina resident fulfills childhood dream

When Chantha Prak Scott was in middle school, she had a vision. It included years of schooling, focus and determination, but it was one she knew she could bring to reality.

With her natural desire to assist others, this revelation proved to be on par with the life her Cambodian American parents had visualized for her.

“Even though it’s typical for Asian parents to want their children to be a doctor, I actually desired in my own heart to be a doctor.”

The journey to accomplishing this goal was accompanied by highs, missteps, and surprises.

Scott, 38, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to parents who fled Cambodia when it was under the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Determined to make a fresh, new start in the United States, Scott and her parents lived on the West Coast before coming to Lexington when she was 4 years old. Prompted by family members, who were already living in the city, to give it a try, manufacturing job opportunities and a lower cost of living were intriguing to the couple.

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