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Eseosa “Sosa” Evbuomwan is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An NC native, UNC was her dream school and she graduated in May 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology. For the first 12 years of her life Sosa battled with sickle cell disease, including pain crises, constant blood transfusions, and iron overload. In 2012, Sosa underwent a double ni-cord cord blood transplant at Duke Hospital. This transplant journey made her the first pediatric patient in the world to complete for sickle cell disease. Now, fully cured from her sickle cell disease, Sosa enjoys her life being an advocate for cord blood and speaking publicly about her story. She now works in the tech industry and enjoys traveling, working out, and enjoying her new life to the fullest.
In August 2010, Kristin Kleinhofer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She will share her cancer journey of HOPE that led to a double umbilical cord transplant at Fred Hutch in 2015. Today, she is 7 years in remission and a passionate Patient Advocate.