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Dr. Eugenia Carrol: March 2012 Winner

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"It's a couple of hours where they are safe, they are warm; people aren't criticizing or judging them," said Dr. Eugenia Carroll.

Every Sunday, the 9Who Care Winner volunteers with Stand Up for Kids. She works with others to feed 60 to 80 homeless youths. 

"It's not easy growing up as a teenager in this world. Especially with no one looking out for you," said Eugenia.

From listening to their health problems, to helping them get their education back on track, Dr. Eugenia is there for them. But her biggest goal is get them off the streets. 

"I want them to know that they have a family of people who care about them," said Eugenia.

Caring about people is what the good doctor has been doing for years. She sponsors children and travels to Guatemala to meet them.
She makes sure firsthand they're getting all the help that's she's promised. 

"You meet their family, you can say to them 'Are you getting the food you're supposed to be getting? Are you going to school? Did you see the dentist this year?'" said Eugenia.

Eugenia has also offered up her medical services in Calcutta.
She says on every trip, the desperate need for help is clear. 

"The poor are so much more in your face in a place like that. I mean you walk down the street and there are half naked, raggedy children who are pulling at you and begging. You do something like that and then you say 'How can I do that? How can I go back to my old life?'" said Eugenia.

But coming home to Colorado, that's just what she did. And she became filled with regret.

"And eventually, I just realized that I was one of those people, who I pulled up to a stop light, saw someone with a sign, and I either put on my sunglasses or turned the other way. And I thought- this is ridiculous. I go overseas to do all these things and I'm not even bothering to see what people are like right in front of me," said Eugenia.

When she saw what was in front of her and the harsh reality of what this venerable population faces. Dr. Eugenia stepped up once again. This time on her home turf. 

"I hope that they can live independently, that they can have the ability to solve their own problems, that they believe that they have a future," said Eugenia.

So whether she's in Guatemala, Calcutta or Colorado. You can be sure, this month's 9Who Care Winner is giving it her all to make a difference.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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