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Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are "The Three Doctors", an inspiring blend of foresight, hard work, and perseverance. These character attributes were rare in their childhood neighborhood of Newark, NJ, where drugs, theft, and even violence were the rule of the land. But in high school, they made a promise -- which they called "the pact" -- to support one another through college and medical school, in an attempt to escape their roots. The road to success was arduous, but they got through it by leaning on each other. Now they're out with a new book, called The Bond, which chronicles their experiences growing up with absentee fathers. It underlies the importance of a father figure in a child's development. And they've started a foundation. Are you inspired by their story? Did you grow up in a similar situation? How did your childhood define who you are today?