LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock physician assistant recently released a book about his life called “My Father’s Gift.”
The book shares stories from Sixtus Atabong’s personal journals detailing his life growing up in Africa and his journey to the United States.
Atabong is a Red Raider, husband, and father. He is also a physician assistant in neurosurgery at Grace Clinic of Lubbock.
He started keeping his journals of his life journey and teachings for his sons. He says, “It’s so different from where I was born and raised. And I wanted them to understand my history and understand the family history.”
His friend also gave him a quote that pushed him to put his story together and publish it. A quote that is included in the book. The quote. “Aspire to inspire before you expire.”
He wanted to publish the book to inspire others. “I felt it was important to publish the story because I wanted to inspire others to embrace their own stories. And to use their story and their challenges and successes to inspire others. To see what they can do to make the world a better place. “
Working to make his home country a better place, Atabong started a non-profit called Purpose Medical Mission ten years ago. Now, they help people from all over the world.
“Over the past 10 years, we have served 6 countries,” said Atabong, “We have built clinics and hospitals in six countries. And these clinics are functioning today.”
And says that he couldn’t do it without the help of West Texans. “I cannot imagine doing any of this anywhere else in the world but West Texas. I can not imagine doing this anywhere else in the united states but west Texas. Because West Texas and the people that have embraced not only me, but my organization has been able to sacrifice so much of their resources and their money and themselves to travel with us to some of the most poverty-stricken countries in the world to provide services.”
His story continues to inspire those locally, nationally and internationally. “I am getting pictures from people who are reading the book in Germany. In Cameroon, in England and they’re sending me pictures and they’re telling me how the book has literally transformed their lives. And my goal has always been for the book to see how I can help people make the changes that they need to transform their lives in the process and to make their communities and their worlds a better place.”
Atabong will hold a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Midland on Friday, October 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.