Jun 062012

Photo Courtesy of the Geneeha Family -- Jolisa Geneeha has been selected to participate in a summer intern program at the national Institute of Health in Washington D.C.

By Linda Kor —

The little girl that touched the heart of a community following a mauling by two Siberian Huskies is once again creating milestones of success.

Jolisa Geneeha was just three years old when she was violently attacked by the dogs outside a family member’s home in Holbrook in 1996. As the little girl hovered near death after injuries including the loss of a portion of her scalp and ears, a shocked community lent its support and prayers.  Through the skill of doctors and her own extraordinary strength, Geneeha pulled through four months in intensive care, extensive surgeries and life threatening infections. Her recovery was labeled a miracle as she overcame the threat of death seven times.

Geneeha, now a freshman student a Northern Arizona University, continues to impress those whose lives she touches with her accomplishments. She was recently selected to participate in a summer internship at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. main campus to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the foremost scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

The NIH Summer Internship Program is a highly competitive internship with more than 12,000 applicants. Geneeha has been included with the approximately 500 interns nationwide including students from Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Geneeha’s accomplishment marks her as the first NAU student to be selected to work on the NIH main campus in Washington D.C.

With this accomplishment Geneeha continues to be a role model and inspire others to reach for success regardless of the odds.