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URI Student Attends Presidential Inaugural Conference

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by Mark Curtis, ABC6 Chief Political Reporter 


When she opened her mail several weeks ago, Jessica Marfeo received the honor of a lifetime.

An invitation to attend the inauguration in Washington and a seat at the Presidential Inaugural Conference.

Marfeo, a URI student said, "It's something that's a once in a lifetime opportunity. That's why when I received the invitation my parents, were like, 'We have to go. We have to do this.'"

Several hundred middle, high school and college students from around the world were invited.

Jessica's parents were thrilled.

Mary Marfeo, her mom, said, "It is an honor. It's a goal that many people don't have in their lifetimes. So being so young, having something to go to."

Her dad Mike Marfeo said, "A great opportunity, just a great opportunity."

Aside from being a witness to history Jessica will get to network for five days with other student leaders from around the world.

These days she is a sophomore studying biology at the University of Rhode Island and hopes to become a physician's assistant.

ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis said, "One of the things that has motivated Jessica, is that fact that she was diagnosed and successfully treated for cancer, when she was just five years old."

Jessica said, "Going to a conference like this, is to show other cancer survivors that even though I had cancer, it's not stopping me for anything. It's helping me accomplish my goals. It's enhancing my future. And I am going to do everything I can to meet my goals."

Of course the worlds of health care and politics often cross.

ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis asked, "Do you think you might ever run for office? Jessica said, "Maybe, you never know!"

Jessica sent ABC6 News several texts from the inauguration, calling it amazing and unbelievable.

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