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A friends appeal - please help!

From: sandhya bhat <sandhyabhat@hotmail.com>
Date: May 28, 2007 7:16 PM
Subject: Please help


Dear Friends,

We have a dear family friend who needs our help. His name Vinay Chakravarthy. Vinnie's parents, Hema Aunty and Partha Uncle, are one of my parent's closest friends. Vinnie was diagnosed with leukemia last November and went through chemo. Unfortunately, he has recently taken a turn for the worse. The only way to beat this is with a bone marrow transplant. The doctors have given him only six weeks to find a match. This is where you can help. Only 6 million people of Asian descent are on the national registry for bone marrow donation at the moment, with less than 1% of that amount being South Asian. There's only a 25% likelihood he'll match with someone within the family. Most of them have already been ruled out as a match. I'm told he can find a match with anybody of Asian descent. The testing process couldn't be simpler; it's a cotton swab in the mouth and 45 seconds later, you can find out if you are a match for Vinnie. Mention his name when getting tested. You can contact your local Blood Source or hospital to find out where to get tested. Please visit http://www.marrow.org/DONOR/index.html

Let me tell you a little bit about Vinnie. He went to Berkeley and completed medical school two years ago. He was in the middle of residency in Boston when he was diagnosed. Vinnie and Rashmi, his wife, will be celebrating their second wedding anniversary this July. You may not know him personally, but you do know someone just like him. Please do something to help this family and get on the donor list.


Thank you,
Sandhya Bhat

For more information go to his site at
http://helpvinay.org

Vinay, is 28 years old and has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was diagnosed in November of 2006 and was informed this week that he is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

About Vinay

As many of you are aware, Vinay grew up in Fremont, California and attended Ardenwood Elementary, Walters Junior High, Kennedy High School, UC Berkeley before going on to getting a Masters and MD at Boston University. He was married in 2005 to Rashmi, an aspiring physician from Los Angeles, California. They have lived in Boston since the wedding. Vinay is known amongst his family and friends as being a kind, honest and loving human being.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 16th, 2007, 6:15pm »

Below is a message from Vinay's brother Bharath!

hello LA volunteers, just wanted to tell you that vinay has found a match!
it's 9/10 and not ideal but his transplant doctor said, "i wouldn't hesitate
for a millisecond concerning this donor". the donor is S. EAST asian and is
very very committed. i'm in boston now and enjoying time w/ the family
here. vinay is in good spirits, a bit nervous about all that is to come but
is confident that all your support and prayers will get him through this
difficult time.

he thanks each and every one of you and is eager to meet all of you. with
the universes cooperation, we will have a big party 1 year from now,
celebrating all your accomplishments in the past and in the future. think
of all the lives you have saved!!! 23,000! registrants and counting. wow.

vinay is posting this on the website today, so pass the good news around.

-bc



please check out helpvinay.org, on ways to help my brother beat Leukemia!

Bharath Chakravarthy, MD
Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Fellow, Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research
University of California, Irvine - School of Medicine



Congratulations to the team of dedicated volunteers who have shaped bone marrow battle for South Asians. Best wishes to Vinay, Rashmi, family and friends.

My deepest thanks to anonymous donor, you have no idea how your gift is going to affect so many lives. Thank you so much. - Vijay mehta
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Vinay passed away June 25, 2007. Posted by Neelu

Dear Friends and Family:

As most of you know by now, Vinay left us this morning a little after 7 AM . He left after a strong fight with leukemia and an absorbent amount of pain from treatment, infections, etc. His last few hours were spent with Rashmi, family and best friends. It was clear, even in his last few months, that his beautiful persona and charming wit was felt by many including hospital security, nurses, PAs, Doctors and the custodial staff. The outpouring of hospital employees was tremendous.

His last rites will be performed on Friday morning by a local priest, details regarding the ceremony can be found above.

Some of you have enquired if you could do something in Vinay's memory. We request that you do not send flowers or other gifts. If you would like to make a donation in Vinay's memory, we would suggest that you donate to the National Donor Marrow Program.

Feel free to also donate in Vinay's name.

Vinay's commitment to finding other South Indian's a match has been made evident to the work that him and the group, helpvinay.org have done thus far for the South Asian Community.

source: www.helpvinay.org


Vinay's last posting on HelpVinay was on May 12:

Hello everyone!

Once again sorry about the delay in updating all of you especially after the PBS documentary. Well as most my already know since my relapse in January 2008 after BMT, I received a dose of mylotarg which placed me in remission. Since then I have been battling graft versus host disease and multiple complications that have placed me in the ICU three times now. The first time for acute kidney and liver failure and the second, third time for excessive blood loss from the gut. I was successfully treated for all ICU visits, the last stay I required an interventional radiology procedure to stop the internal bleeding. After the procedure I was transferred back to the regular floor and my diet was slowly advanced to normal! I am doing well so far and will be transferring to a physical rehab center here in Boston to get my overall strength back. I hope to be home for good in 2-3 weeks! The rehab facility will provide 3 hours of physical therapy seven days a week, quite intense but should be better for me in the long run.

While I was in the ICU a lot has happened in our community, I want to send my love to Sameer and his family. Please if you need anything let us know, let the community know, we will always be there for you.
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