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 Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa


"Every child battling the most common pediatric cancer in Africa deserves a chance to get effective medical treatment.   Our job is to make that happen."

- Miriam Sevy, BLFA founder

Burkitt’s lymphoma is the most common childhood cancer in Africa. While this type of lymphoma is rare in the United States, it is responsible for 50% of cancer deaths for children in east African countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.  Burkitt's lymphoma is the fastest growing tumor in humans with a cell doubling time of 24 hours.  Beneficially, this fast growth rate also makes Burkitt’s very responsive to chemotherapy.

In Africa, the average age of a child diagnosed with Burkitt’s is five, with some patients seen as young as 18 months old.  “More than 85 percent of these children could be cured for less than $600 a case,” according to Dr. Corey Casper of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, funds programs designed to diagnose and treat BL patients in east Africa.  In cooperation with US and African partners, BLFA also works to insure that patients and their families receive social, economic, and logistical support needed to help them complete treatment successfully.

Read more: The challenge

BLFA has funded two programs aimed at treating over 500 Kenyan and Ugandan children suffering from Burkitt's lymphoma over the next two years.

In Kisumu, Kenya, BLFA has contracted with OGRA Foundation to provide core services throughout western Kenya.   In Kampala, Uganda, BLFA is working with the Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases and its US partner, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (also of Seattle). In both Kenya and Uganda, BLFA's US partner Direct Relief International is playing a key role in supplying drugs and medical supplies contributed by corporate donors.

We are also working with the SHED Foundation in Shirati, Tanzania, with the hope that BLFA's activities can be expanded into Tanzania soon.

The challenge we face is substantial, but the goal is clear: we seek to improve survival rates among children suffering from BL in East Africa. Our belief is that the current survival rate of 40% can be increased to over 85%, at a cost of less than $600 per child.

Read more: Our response


Once again, it's time to

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May 6, 2014 is giveBig day!

GiveBIG is BLFA's largest fundraising effort of the year!  Last year we raised $52,000.  This one day of giving helped fund almost 50% of our treatment costs for 2013 and helped us earn an additional $2,500 of Seattle Foundation matching funds. 

However, if we don't raise more funds in 2014, we can only fund our program at 2013 levels...and there is so much more we must do. 

So watch this space, get ready, get set  and



They're back - Mothers' Day cards from BLFA
Here's your chance to honor your (or somebody else's) mother with a gift of support to a child battling cancer in Africa.  Choose your card style and we'll send it (and maybe a cookbook too!) to your designated person.  Details here.

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