Immigrant living the American Dream in West Texas

LUBBOCK -- Sixtus Atabong was born and raised in the African country of Cameroon. Although his parents were farmers, they valued education.

“My father, though he had no education,” Atabong said, “always believed in giving us the best education that was available in the country. As well as around the world.”

As a result, Atabong immigrated to Midland and attended the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. After graduating from the physician’s assistant program…he established “Purpose Medical Mission,” a non-profit that sets up clinics all around the world.

“We want to help the people take care of themselves,” Atabong said. “We want to teach them how to fish. We are not there to take over their healthcare. We want to help them to build the facilities and to train their medical providers so they’re able to take care of themselves in our absence.”

In his new book “My Father’s Gift,” Atabong shares his life story and gives his take on topics like immigration, and what can be done to help those in need.

“People are running away from hopelessness,” Atabong said. “People are running away from despair. People are running toward the United States because they see hope and the see freedom. I think one of the ways we can address this issue, not only of immigration but also corruption and turmoil in third world countries, is to start holding some of these governments accountable.”

Atabong believes that anyone can follow his path to success, if they do the right things.

“The American dream is there for anyone” Atabong said, “and for everyone who comes to this country and follows the rules, and who is willing to work hard. You have to work hard to achieve the American dream.”