When Leo Prieto, an executive at Truman Medical Centers, was recently honored with an award by the Mexican Consul in Kansas City, he revealed his personal story of immigration from Mexico.
When Leo Prieto, an executive at Truman Medical Centers, was recently honored with an award by the Mexican Consul in Kansas City, he revealed his personal story of immigration from Mexico. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com
When Leo Prieto, an executive at Truman Medical Centers, was recently honored with an award by the Mexican Consul in Kansas City, he revealed his personal story of immigration from Mexico. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

One Kansas City immigrant’s story reflects the aspirations of many

July 10, 2015 06:38 PM

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