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Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem

Hans-Peter will dance the Tango with his professional partner, Erica Atnip!

 

What is your day job?

I am a physician at Fred Hutch and take care of cancer patients. I also direct a research laboratory and program to develop novel cell and gene therapy treatments for patients with cancer, HIV and other diseases.

What is your previous dance experience?

My high school offered formal dancing classes which I enjoyed very much. They usually needed more boys every year, so I got to do this several years in a row. Later, I just enjoyed dancing at parties or more formal events.

Why are you dancing for Plymouth Housing?

As a cancer doctor I know the toll illness can take on individuals and families. Just like cancer, homelessness has always been something that I have cared a lot about and feel our society should be able to take care of. Growing up in Germany I still remember when I was a student and living with friends we provided shelter for homeless people. Now I ride my bike to work every day from West Seattle and see so many homeless people along my way and it reminds me every day of the magnitude of this problem and how much I would like to help and get people into safe, stable housing.

Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?

I think I will display it in my office, so I am reminded every day of the great opportunity to dance for Plymouth Housing and that there is still a lot of work to be done to solve the homelessness problem.