“Growing up where I grew up, kids don’t think about becoming doctors, it’s just not something that is a possiblity,” she says. Holloway eventually moved on to study nursing, but she couldn’t finish because school got too expensive. In 2000, Holloway traveled to Cuba. She was in Havana with her young niece who suddenly fell ill.
“There were five doctors who lived in the same apartment complex where we were visiting,” she says. “They all came and helped her and at the end we were really worried about payment. And they explained to us that they were more concerned about this little girl getting well, they were almost insulted about the idea of payment.”