Kate Khair’s relationship with our community began over three decades ago at the start of her career as a nurse, when a young man receiving treatment for both cancer and hemophilia was placed in her care. She was drawn to his inspirational spirit, recalling fondly his organization of an “escape party” from the ward to a local pub for a pint where other patrons looked on with curiosity at his IV line. At the time she attributed this outlook on life to the patient’s personality, but, as she treated other patients living with a bleeding disorder, she realized that this passion for life was a common thread drawing the community together. Her long association is something she is proud of, noting that she loves meeting the grandchildren of patients she treated some thirty years ago, even though it “makes her feel really old”.
Her work with U.K. patients and her deep love of traveling to Africa nurtured a desire to help nurses in developing countries better support patients. This led to her seeking a seat on the WFH Nurse’s Committee, a journey that culminated in her holding the Committee Chair position until recently. Over the years, she has consistently been amazed at the resourcefulness and dedication of her colleagues in developing nations. One particular experience stands out for her: working with the Haemophilia Foundation of Uganda as part of the WFH Twinning Program. Kate was literally on the ground floor for treatment, helping to run diagnosis camps and witnessing the impact of donated factor from the WFH Humanitarian Aid program on adult patients. The joy she saw in parents when the first group of children began receiving prophylactic treatment has been, she says, the highlight of her long career.