Patient Advocate: Sean Adebiyi
In May 2009, one week after graduating from Yale Law School and his 26th birthday, Seun Adebiyi was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia. His best chance of survival was a stem cell transplant. However, as a black patient, his odds of finding a donor were slim. Seun helped to recruit over ten thousand donors and organized Nigeria’s first-ever bone marrow donor drive. He eventually received a cord blood transplant and has been in remission ever since.
In 2012, Seun launched the Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria, the first donor registry in Nigeria and only the second accredited registry in Africa. The registry has received search requests from 14 countries with a 40% match rate. Seun now works as a project manager for the American Cancer Society’s global health programs, and trains other young professionals from developing countries to be effective cancer control advocates. In his spare time, he is training to become the first Winter Olympic athlete for Nigeria.