On August 28, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Nile Isis Anna Garner was born. Named after one of the largest rivers in the world, her grace and influence were destined to run deep. Out of five children, Nile is the fourth. She has two older brothers, an older sister, as well as a younger sister, all whom are named after African countries, leaders, or in Nile’s case, rivers. Her mother, a neonatologist, and her father, a chemist, instilled strong familial principles and made sure their children were well aware of their heritage. Along with familial values and heritage Nile’s parents also introduced her to world full of possibilities by involving her in track and field, as well as dance and piano lessons. These extracurricular activities taught Nile the importance of endurance and perseverance, which would prove to be very useful in her battle with a rare life threatening disease.

At the age of ten, Nile spent the better part of her fifth-grade school year in a hospital bed. After multiple doctor and hospital visits, she was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Resulting from a reaction to a virus, SJS is a rare disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. It begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by a painful rash that spreads and blisters. Due to the blistering and shedding of the top layer of skin, Nile was transferred to the hospital’s burn unit. Although SJS tends to resolve within a few weeks, the after effects can be permanent. Nile, however, was very lucky. All that remains for Nile is a scar on her cheek, which she wears proudly as a trophy from one of her toughest battles yet. Today, Nile is currently attending the first degree granting Historically Black College/ University, Lincoln University of PA, on an academic scholarship. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with the intentions of continuing on to medical school in order to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her time spent at Lincoln, Nile continues to break out of her shell and take the campus head on. She has appeared in pageants, dance competitions, open house performances, as well as Dean’s List award ceremonies. Nile is determined to not only make her mark, but to lead other young women to supersede her accomplishments in order to further advance the legacy of Lincoln University. Much like her parents had predicted, Nile’s grace and influence will continue to run deep in each new chapter of life.