Seun Adebiyi

March 26, 2015 - 4:30pm
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Room 836AB, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA

MSH is a founding member of the Massachusetts Global Health Alliance (MGHA) and is excited to share this event. 

The Massachusetts Global Health Alliance (MGHA) welcomes Seun Adebiyi. Come hear Seun speak about surviving cancer, founding the Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria, his global leadership in cancer advocacy, and how he did it all while training for the Olympics.

One week after graduating from Yale Law School in May 2009, 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 less than 17%. Seun went public with his search and eventually helped to recruit over ten thousand donors and to organize Nigeria’s first-ever bone marrow donor drive. In February 2010, he received a cord blood transplant and has been in remission ever since. Two years later, he launched the Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria, the first donor registry in Nigeria and only the second accredited registry in Africa. In three years of operations, the registry has achieved a 40% match rate with search requests from 14 countries. In remission for over five years, Seun is now training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in swimming and the 2018 Winter Olympics in skeleton.