Olaniyan says she has wanted to be a doctor since she was 12 years old. “I remember being stuck in the hospital, desperately wanting to go home and get back to school,” she says. “I had been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at age 7 and had been struggling to not feel cursed by the world. But it all changed when a nurse told me how special and successful I was, all things considered. Until that point I felt isolated in my illness, but then I realized I had the chance to positively impact the sickle cell community I was now part of.”
Some of those performing at this year’s benefit concert will be: Heather Christensen, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Medical Education; Billy Covert, class of 2021; Mark Eckman, MD, Alice Margaret Posey Endowed Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine; Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases; and Jackson Howell, class of 2022.
Featured image of a performance at the February 2020 IvaDean Scholarship Benefit Concert. Photo courtesy of Dan Davenport.