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'It Was Personal.' After Tragedy, Physicist Devotes Career To Cancer Research

Hadiyah-Nicole Green lost the aunt and uncle who raised her to cancer. The loss inspired her to develop a cancer treatment using lasers. "I was born to do this," she tells her cousin at StoryCorps.
Hadiyah-Nicole Green and Tenika Floyd at their StoryCorps interview in Atlanta in January 2017. Source: Jacqueline Van Meter for StoryCorps

By the age of 4, Hadiyah-Nicole Green lost both her mother and her grandparents.

She was sent to live with her Aunt Ora Lee Smith and Uncle General Lee Smith in St Louis, Mo. But in her early 20s, both her aunt and uncle were diagnosed with cancer.

Green, who now works as an assistant professor in the surgery department

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