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 Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa


Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, which 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.

BLFA (previously Burkitt's Lymphoma Kenya Fund) was incorporated in January 2010 as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of Washington with headquarters in Seattle. It is registered with the Secretary of State of Washington as a charitable organization, and has been certified as a nonprofit Sec. 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.

Read about our operating principles here. 




Steven J. Kussick, MD, PhD, President Dr. Kussick is Associate Medical Director and Director of Hematopathology & Flow Cytometry at PhenoPath Laboratories in Seattle, Washington, where he has been a fulltime hematopathologist since 2005.  Dr. Kussick is co-chair of BLFA’s Medical Advisory Committee and is heading up the organization's Pathology Improvement Project.  Dr. Kussick earned his MD/PhD from the University of Washington’s Medical Scientist Training Program.  Dr. Kussick did both Anatomic Pathology residency training and Hematopathology fellowship training at the University of Washington, where he was a fulltime faculty member in Laboratory Medicine from 1998 to 2005; he remains an affiliate faculty member in Laboratory Medicine.  Dr. Kussick is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the College of American Pathologists, and the International Clinical Cytometry Society.  

Ned Palmer, Treasurer. Ned holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. Over the last 25 years he has served in various leadership positions as a director of nonprofit organizations, including the Woodland Park Zoological Society, Helpline House of Bainbridge Island and Housing Resources Board. Mr. Palmer retired in 2007 as a Senior Vice President of Bank of America where he specialized in municipal finance.

Henry Burkitt, Director.  Henry is a London-based professional lobbyist and government affairs specialist, with a primary focus on healthcare and life sciences.  His clients have included a number of pharmaceutical companies, health charities and UK National Health Service bodies.  He is currently responsible for managing the primary care and oncology government affairs portfolios for Pfizer in the UK.  He has previously served as Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in the UK, as an account manager for a major UK communications company, and as a Parliamentary Researcher for two Members of Parliament.  Henry is the great nephew of Denis Burkitt, the physician who identified and first documented the incidence of Burkitt's lymphoma.

Karen Osofsky Michelson, Director. Karen currently chairs the Grants Committee for BLFA. Karen is a Talent Acquisition Strategist and currently serves as an independent recruitment consultant with clients such as  Group Health Cooperative, Integrated Diagnostics, Entomo and a variety of other small organizations.  She is also a Brand Partner with Nerium International. Karen is a graduate of Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, where she earned an MBA in Marketing, Finance.  She earned a BS from Cornell University.   Previously Karen served as Associate Director, Staffing for ICOS Corpopration; Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition for, and Global Staffing Manager for PATH.  Additionally Karen spent 8 years in consumer products marketing working for Ralston Purina in St. Louis and Keebler in Chicago. 

Ruth Wang'ondu, Director.  Ruth is a 2015 MD/PhD candidate at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.


Mailing address:


P.O. Box 20521

Seattle WA 98102 USA

Telephone:  +1.206.527.9746

Fax:  +1.206.557.7070