MCB Graduate Student Nixon Niyonzima, is the Ambassador of Hope

Go-Live Date: 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:16pm

KAMPALA, UGANDA -- Dr. Nixon Niyonzima is a magnet for children as he walks the grounds outside the pediatric ward of the Uganda Cancer Institute. The smallest ones hug him around the knees, taller ones swing on his arms. One shy 14-year-old girl kneels --a traditional way to show respect—and ducks her head, then reaches for his hand. He takes it, strokes her hair, and, speaking in Luganda, asks her mother how she’s doing since her treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. From her mother’s beaming face, it’s clear she’s doing well.

MCB Graduate Student, Nixon Niyonzima at home again in Uganda for a 3-week visit.

See the story, Ambassador of hope -- Home again in Uganda, a doctor sees progress, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center website, written by Mary Engel with photographs by Robert Hood

Areas of Interest: 
Cancer Biology
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity