Stoneleigh Fellow Jessica Beard is featured by The Philadelphia Citizen and the Stronger Every Day podcast for her work as a Temple University trauma surgeon.
Tashawn Strother first learned there was a shooting near Temple University’s campus through an early evening text that she received as an employee of the school. Five minutes later, a doctor called her with the news she’d long feared hearing: The gunshot victim was her son, Walter Willis.
Willis was lucky; he survived. But that instant began a harrowing, painful, traumatic, and not yet complete journey of recovering — physically, emotionally and psychologically — from the bullet that ripped through both Willis and his family.