Seun is not the kind of guy to back down from a challenge. Not only is he a graduate of Yale Law School, he is also a skeleton racer—a winter sport similar to luge—with his eye on competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
But no amount of study, practice or discipline could prepare him for his greatest challenge—being diagnosed with two terminal blood cancers one week before his 26th birthday. He needed a marrow transplant, and fast.
The bad news got worse, when he learned that his Nigerian ancestry could make it harder to find a match. Because patients are most likely to match someone of the same ethnic background, he turned to his homeland in hopes of finding a donor.
Unfortunately, Nigeria didn’t have a registry. But Seun wouldn’t take no for an answer. Instead, he launched Nigeria’s first bone marrow drive. And while Seun was busy helping improve the odds that other patients could find a match, an umbilical cord unit on the Be The Match Registry would his life-saving cell source.
Seun received his transplant and is back in training, on track to pursue his Olympic dreams.
His career, however, has changed course. He switched from a legal career to working for the American Cancer Society, committing his life to helping other cancer patients gain access to treatment.
And he didn’t stop there. He has also helped start Nigeria’s first marrow donor registry, so people of African ancestry can find their match—no matter where in the world they live.