If Persistence Was a Person: The Story of Professor Swee

If Persistence Was a Person: The Story of Professor Swee Imagine you are a child, born in a small Malaysian village, to a poor family You are one of fourteen children You want to become a doctorIf Persistence was a Person is the inspirational story of Professor Swee Tan and his desire to find an inexpensive noninvasive cure for cancerous tumours Growing up in a poor family in rural Malaysia, Swee Tan worked hard in the plantations dreaming of a better future Swee Tan s tale is one of transformation from a gifted boy in Malaysia to an innovative surgeon changing the world of medicineThe book was started by Hana Olds when she wasyears old in , and completed inwhile studying at Wellington High School The book is self published and all proceeds go to the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute Hana received support in the writing of this book from Gifted Kids, a non profit organization in NZ


10 thoughts on “If Persistence Was a Person: The Story of Professor Swee Tan

  1. Katie Day Katie Day says:

    Just 34 pages, but informative well illustrated with photographs and inspiring not only Professor Swee Tan s story, what he has accomplished in his life and continues to pursue in terms of medical research to help children, but also the author s Hana Olds started this book when she was 11 as part of a gifted and talented program and finished it at age 12 It s the kind of writing we would love our students to do Finding someone who


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