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Nov 5, 2020
Star pupil overcomes homelessness to excel
Carrie Lyn Barron
(Nov 5, 2020) — To say Kennesaw State senior Carrie Lyn Barron has a whole lot of irons within the fireplace is an
Amongst those that know her, the preferred statement is “I do not understand how she does
Barron, a non-traditional cellular, molecular and developmental biology main and pupil in KSU Journey Honors College, works within the lab of professor of biochemistry Jonathan McMurry, works two jobs and
cares for her husband, Jay, who has autosomal dominant polycystic kidney illness (ADPKD).
She donated a kidney to him in 2014. Issues and bills from the illness and
ensuing remedies price the couple their home, they usually lived of their automobile for
a 12 months and a half. With help from Kennesaw State’s Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services, the couple now have a steady place to dwell.
Barron, scheduled to graduate on time within the spring, has her eye on finishing a doctorate
in molecular biology.
Barron’s reply to these observations is straightforward: “I can not not do that.”
Carrie Lyn grew up in Burley, Idaho, a small city the place she mentioned women weren’t inspired
to pursue larger schooling. The constraints of the place ultimately acquired to her. So
when Jay visited household in Idaho, he talked then-19-year-old Carrie Lyn right into a date
and proposed quickly afterward. They married three months later—on the situation that
they depart Burley. Shortly thereafter, the 2 moved to the Southeast, nearer his
father and stepmother.
Finally, Jay confirmed signs of ADPKD, a genetic dysfunction through which cysts type in
the kidneys. Carrie Lyn mentioned the illness ran via his household, so it was solely a
matter of time earlier than it manifested in Jay. He ultimately wanted a kidney transplant,
which occurs in about half of ADPKD sufferers. In January 2014, Carrie Lyn donated
a kidney for the transplant.
Famend transplant physician Christian Larsen of Emory College, who dealt with Jay’s
father’s transplant, additionally operated on Jay. Carrie Lyn impressed Larsen along with her curiosity,
and he urged she go to varsity.
All of the whereas, Carrie Lyn hit the books and the web, devouring any data
she may discover on ADPKD. She consulted YouTube channels, encyclopedias and scholarly
journals. The medical doctors treating Jay had been impressed sufficient along with her diligence to insist
she go to varsity, so she did, for the primary time at age 37. However she needed to drop out
to work and take care of Jay, although her love of studying by no means abated.
“I pushed the need to study apart, however it sparked up once more when Jay acquired sick and
I began doing all that analysis,” she mentioned. “I remembered how good it felt to study
issues after which to have conversations with medical doctors and researchers, the way it felt to
Jay’s youthful half-brother Daniel spoke extremely of KSU, the place he earned his diploma
and the place Carrie Lyn enrolled for the autumn semester in 2017, taking a full course
load as she has achieved every semester since—together with summers.
The continuing medical points left the Barrons devastated financially, they usually lived
of their automobile. When she confided in a professor that she was not sure of her housing
state of affairs, they really helpful she strategy CARE, the place she met director and founder
“She was at all times forthcoming about her tutorial and private objectives, humble relating to
her tutorial capabilities, however we needed to pull it out of her how badly she wanted our
assist,” Stidum mentioned. “Carrie Lyn insisted she was OK, and was at all times grateful for the
pantry sources. She felt like somebody was worse off than her, so it took some time
for her to permit us to assist discover the correct sources to fulfill all of her wants.”
Carrie Lyn mentioned she had resolved in her thoughts to simply get via her undergraduate
years homeless earlier than incomes a spot in a Ph.D. program, which might carry a stipend
that might pay for housing. Final summer time, a CARE donor who owns an condominium complicated
provided to maneuver the Barrons into an condominium for the 2019-20 faculty 12 months, after which
renewed the lease for the present faculty 12 months, permitting the Barrons to save cash
earlier than she strikes on to graduate faculty.
Absolutely engaged along with her research, Carrie Lyn joined the analysis crew in McMurry’s lab
in March 2019 and instantly rose to the highest.
“Carrie Lyn has by far probably the most particular analysis curiosity I’ve ever seen in an undergraduate,
for apparent causes,” McMurry mentioned. “She has jumped into analysis with each ft and
not appeared again. The abilities she’s studying—protein purification, tissue tradition, confocal
microscopy—will switch to her chosen discipline, and he or she understands that, which in all probability
explains why she has a lot ardour for what we’re doing.”
Stidum mentioned Carrie Lyn has change into an envoy for CARE.
“She’s grown in her self-confidence,” Stidum mentioned. “She units the bar excessive and is aware of
she will be able to obtain her goals and understands that she has lots of people in her nook.
But in addition, she has grown in her willingness to share her ‘CARE Story’ to assist different
KSU college students like her get assist from CARE, too.”
Within the classroom and within the lab, Carrie Lyn has continued to excel. She’s going to full
a Capstone venture on cell-penetrating peptides this fall. She was set to current
on the Nationwide Council for Undergraduate Analysis in spring 2020, and had lined up
a summer time internship at Cambridge College in England to review with famend microbiologist
Jillian Frazier, however COVID-19 scuttled these plans.
As for Jay, Carrie Lynn mentioned that her husband is doing in addition to he can. He has good
days and dangerous days, draining off a pint of extra blood each six weeks, taking numerous
medicines and assembly recurrently with physicians.
Nothing will hold Carrie Lyn from incomes her doctorate and bringing the world nearer
to a treatment for ADPKD. Her crew of mentors collectively is assured she’ll obtain
her purpose, and so is she.
“I am very excited to go to grad faculty. That was one thing I needed from the beginning,”
she mentioned. “I did not understand how I might get there, however I knew I might. After that first
style of schooling I knew I needed to get my Ph.D. and that I would determine it out alongside
the best way. Now it is actual.
“You know the way deep down in your bones you realize you are in the correct place in the correct
second doing the correct issues? That is what it appears like after I’m within the lab. I am
doing what I am meant to do. And I would like that feeling to final.”
– David Shelles
Images by Jason Getz
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