What do you want to be when you grow up? Most of us struggle with this question well into adulthood. As a boy growing up in France, Pascal Scemama de Gialluly thought he knew at least one thing he didn't want to be: a doctor. He couldn't stomach the sight of blood. Instead, he found himself drawn to the world of finance. However, several decades later he would re-think that childhood fear.
Scemama de Gialluly moved to the United States in the 1980's to work on the derivatives desk at Bankers Trust. "It was an industry going through a lot of innovation," he said. "When you're in your early twenties, it's very exciting."
But the world around him started to change. He was in the Twin Towers in 1993 when the truck bomb went off below the North Tower. On September 11th, 2001, he was working at Merrill Lynch in the World Trade Center when the 2 planes piloted by terrorists smashed into the Towers. Seeing the aftermath of those two horrific events, made him desire to be of more immediate help to people in need. He started volunteering with his local ambulance squad in Summit, New Jersey. "I realized that being involved in medicine was something that was really interesting to me," he told CNBC.
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