Beverly Griffin was a remarkable woman. She earned two PhDs in Chemistry in an era where it was rare for a woman to enter into science as a career. Her research contributed to our understanding of the molecular biology of two viruses that cause cancer, polyoma virus and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It was her work with EBV that brought her to Malawi to study one of the cancers caused by EBV, the childhood cancer known as Burkitt lymphoma. Once enlisted, Dr Griffin was a tireless champion of children with Burkitt lymphoma. Her research identified new ways to diagnose and to treat this cancer. Dr Griffin sponsored a documentary on Burkitt lymphoma to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges in treating children with Burkitt lymphoma which you can view here.
Prof Elizabeth Molyneux says: "She was a splendid lady and all of us from Malawi are grateful to have known her and to have benefitted from her science, wisdom and generosity.
In honour of Beverly's devotion to the care and treatment of children with Burkitt lymphoma in sub-Saharan Africa, we have set up a remembrance fund in her name, with all donations directly supporting the paediatric oncology programme at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi. This programme seeks to provide curative treatment for children, as well as effective palliative care in the later stages of a child’s life.
Through this fund, we hope that Beverly’s legacy will live on and that children in Malawi will continue to receive the best possible treatment and care, through the twinning partnerships established between leading international experts in childhood cancer care, local hospitals and healthcare professionals in the region.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who make a donation in Beverly’s memory to World Child Cancer.
You can view Beverly’s Remembrance Fund today.