Congratulations John Masambe

Congratulations  John Masambe

John graduated with his AA in health studies from Seattle Central Community College.

John is proud to announce that he has been accepted into the University of Washington as he pursues his major in Healthcare Management and Leadership.

John faced many health obstacles and the loss of his sister during his time at Seattle Central. He was forced to withdraw from college as his health declined making it difficult to include college studies in his every-day routine.

In 2012 John went through a bone marrow research study at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He had the transplant and was given a 50/50 chance of survival. He beet the odds with the support of his mother, friends, and the Sickle Cell Task Force. The transplant reenergized him to live a life of purpose and charity.

John also lost his beloved sister and best friend to Sickle Cell (Joanita Nambassa) in 2012. John and Joanita battled Sickle Cell together. Her passing was a huge blow and loss to the family and our Sickle Cell Family. Joanita was an active member in the Task Force as a counselor at camp for several years and a dedicated member that was extremely active in spreading awareness about Sickle Cell.

His initial goal to finish his community college degree wasn’t completed in the 2 years that he planned. It took a few more years; but his strength and determination to pursue his dreams didn’t stop him from reentering and completing his degree at community college.

John has worked at Swedish Medical Center and now part time at SCCA during his college years.

In John’s words: I want to be in a position where I can implement the kind of change that will touch lives and help overcome obstacles like health, race, gender, socioeconomic and even immigration status. I want to be a voice for people with disabilities and those that struggle with public health systems; a place I found myself at not too long ago.”

John is enrolled at UW Bothell and will start this fall, 2018. We applaud you and so proud of all your accomplishments John!