Ferdinand Mwangura Memorial

We pay tribute to our beloved friend and Steering Committee member


Ferdinand Mwanguraenjoying the rain


We are profoundly saddened at the passing of Ferdinand Mwangura, our friend and Steering Committee member. Ferdinand passed away in Kenya on 28th February 2018 at the age of 40.

Ferdinand was a young advocate and was well-loved and admired for his enduring commitment to work within CML Life Africa, a network of CML patient groups in Africa, Ferdinand was regarded as a leader, a mentor and a big brother to many.

In May of 2017, Ferdinand was voted in by his fellow patient advocates as the new steering committee member for CML Horizons representing Africa & Middle East region. He took this role on proudly and was a highly engaged member, always ready to provide advice and perspective on any issue.

He made particularly valuable contributions to the programme for 2018 CML Horizons. He also helped pioneer the network’s first global CML Community Advisory Boards, where he championed the voice and needs of CML patients from Africa. 

- Ferdinand enjoying the rain in the Kenyan South Coast -

Ferdinand’s story and journey

Like many, it is similar yet extremely unique; the shock of diagnoses, the relief to find treatment and the hope of many new tomorrows. He shared his testimony with all that wanted to listen and spoke-up on behalf of those that could not. In 2007 he became a founding member of Henzo Kenya, a patient support and advocacy group for those with CML and GIST. With Ferdinand walking in the front as chairman, Henzo would later save hundreds of lives in Kenya through their advocacy.

Many will remember him for his advocacy and actions that impacted the lives of many CML patients. Of course many will also remember his contagious laugh that carried all the way from his smile to his eyes. We will remember his compassion, his caring nature and his long debates on matters that he felt close to heart. Ferdinand was an example of courage and perseverance. Despite living with CML for many years, he never gave up. All of us will remember Ferdinand as a dedicated advocate and friend who fought the disease until the end and worked restlessly for benefit of patients with humility and kindness.

We are all united in our grief and our memories of his incredible spirit. Ferdinand will not be forgotten we will miss him very much and we wish for his family a lot of strength in these difficult times.


Support Ferdinand's fundraising and help his family and patient advocacy

You can support Ferdinand's family donating through this GoFundMe webpage by clicking here: DONATE NOW!ferdinand gofundme

Ferdinand has left behind a 6-year old daughter. Funds raised here will be used to: 

• Offset hospital bill
• Meet funeral expenses
• Set up an education trust for his daughter
• Get health insurance policy for her

Please, help us with the Max Foundation to ensure that Ferdinand’s daughter gets a decent education as well as be able to access quality healthcare if need be. From the interactions his family has had with other patients, we would like to continue with his work in helping many with patient-caregiver support. 

We will be eternally grateful for your help.


Tell us your tribute to Ferdinand now: Please, post your tribute and/or photos on the left side 

Through this page, we ask you to express your sympathies, condolences and testimonials including your memories, thoughts and prayers for Ferdinand, his family and friends.Please, post your tribute and/or memories on the left side also feel free to add any photos to your message. We will publish them on social media channels and at the Flickr Ferdinand Mwangura Memorial album. If you have any questions or trouble, please feel free to email us at 

The CML Advocates Network Team


Like many stars, there are people whose light radiates through time and our lives when they are no longer here...
Thanks, Ferdinand.

The news of Ferdinand's passing hit me hard because I was already mourning the loss of another dear friend who lost her battle to breast cancer in the same week. Ferdinand was the life of CML Life... Read More

Eunice Orekha
Maxcare Foundation Nigeria of President

I am still too far to reach reality, I have no enough belief of this loss. I never met Ferdinand ever since but when I got connected to him through social media we were like long time friends. I got... Read More

Onward Mudindo
CML Zimbabwe Trust of Secretary/ One of the Founder members

I met Ferdinand for the first time at CML Horizons 2010 in Vienna, Austria. He did not believe that I am African with my white skin... We started to learn from each other... Together We fought...... Read More

Bahija Gouimi
AMAL of President

It is shocking. Just the other day Giora introduced me to Ferdinand. We talked on phone and were set to meet and discuss and before we could meet this is the news I receive...it is devastating.

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If I needed to chose just one thing from Ferdinand Mwangura this is clearly his fantastic smile. It was always bringing to everybody his energy, happiness, and power. Last time we spent together in... Read More

What a sad day. Today we‘ve lost one of our key leaders, a key African advocate, a global activist, a dear friend, a wonderful person and a caring father, to dreadful CML. This is a sad testimony... Read More

Jan Geissler

I am very shocked by this tragic event of losing my friend and steering committee member, Ferdinand. It is hard to believe that CML patients are still dying and it only strengthens our prayers to... Read More

Giora Sharf

Ferdinand was a great patient advocate .Friendly and warm. He was interested in other people, their cultures and their customs.
He stayed with me in Hilversum twice. We had a good time... Read More