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Dustin Haley

Hometown:  Lubbock, TX

Attending school:  University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Major:  Physical Therapy (pursuing his DPT.)

It is little wonder that Dustin’s mentor is so proud of his accomplishments.

“Dustin is a very independent, level-headed, driven young man”

Raised by an abusive and alcoholic single mother, Dustin was removed at the age of eight.  He was place in a shelter, followed by various family and foster placements.  By the time he was 15, he had already moved 12 times.  He was then placed at Buckner’s Children’s Home where he remained until graduation from Lubbock High School.

Dustin has not allowed his early life challenges to interfere with his goals. He was accepted into the Kinesiology program at the University of Texas in Austin in 2009. During this time, he received the Mike Wacker Award, which recognizes students who exemplify personal sacrifice, dedication and conviction through the many hardships life can bring.

In May 2013, Dustin graduated with honors in Kinesiology with minors in Biology and Government, in addition to a Business Foundations Certificate program.

He is now at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center pursing his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Dustin has volunteered for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and other community organizations.  This spring he interned in Washington, D.C. at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.