Elom S. K. Nyadroh, 38, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Friday, October 18, 2019 at his home in Arlington Heights, IL. He was born on September 7, 1981 in Evanston, IL to the late Solace M. A. Lotsu, M.D. and Emmanuel M. K. Nyadroh, PhD. Growing up, Elom loved sports. He played soccer, tennis, baseball, and practiced martial arts. Unfortunately, his participation in sports came to an end on his first day of high school when he was hit by a car. He spent his first semester of high school in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, where his heroic doctors and nurses helped him to reasonably recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, and internal bleeding. Despite losing his first semester of high school cooped up in a medical facility, Elom still managed courageously and with a lot of effort to graduate from New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, IL with his class in 1999. He never complained about his traumatic brain injury, its associated ill effects, nor the constantly debilitating sickle cell anemia with which he was born. He initially pursued mechanical engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, but eventually earned his B.A. in Hospitality Management from Kendall College in Chicago, IL. He also earned a Clinical Massage Therapy (CMT) Diploma from The Soma Institute in Chicago, IL, and passed his Massage Therapy License examination on his first attempt. Both of his degrees gave him the flexibility to work in the hospitality and health & wellness fields. Despite dealing with the many challenges associated with his TBI and sickle cell disease, Elom made a positive impact on whomever he met, including the countless medical and hospital staff with whom he interacted. He was blessed to have a pediatrician as his mother who helped manage his care at home. He also received excellent care from his hematologists throughout his life: Dr. Horace E. Smith II, Dr. Michael Ellison, and Dr. Alla Gimelfarb. Elom loved to travel and had visited three continents, and planned to visit more. Unfortunately, due to his medical condition, his body did not respond well to travel. Dramatic changes in altitude took a toll on his body and in 2016 led to almost a year-long hospitalization. He suffered through a multitude of medical complications resulting from a very severe sickle cell crisis, which was probably triggered by a road trip he took from Nevada, through the Rocky Mountains, to Los Angeles, CA. The medical team in Los Angeles thought he would not make it out of the ICU alive. But his will and determination to live was very strong. People prayed for him throughout the world and he miraculously recovered to the surprise of all of his ICU doctors and nurses.. Elom's most distinguishable traits were his smile, his willingness and readiness to help others, his concern for other people's well-being above his own, and his easygoing disposition. Although he was born with sickle cell disease, he never let it define him. He was hospitalized well over 100 times, but again, he never complained. Even while enduring tremendous physical pain and suffering, he always maintained a pleasant disposition and continued to care for others. His way of moving through the world despite his health challenges was a marvel to witness. Despite living in constant pain all his life, Elom still managed to bring joy and laughter to his family, his friends, his doctors and nurses, and to all those he met and interacted with in his rather short life. He had big plans and was looking forward to sharing what lay ahead with those he cared about the most. The world lost a remarkable, loving, and beautiful soul on October 18, 2019. All memorial donations in honor of Elom will be used to fund research focused on finding a universal cure for sickle cell disease.