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Vinay Chakravarthy Needs Bone Marrow Transplant

Press Release
06/23/2007

Vinay is a 28 year-old physician who recently started his Ortho residency at Boston University Medical Center. In November of 2006, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). A few weeks ago Vinay learned that he is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

You can help by:

** Forward this message across your network of South Asian family and friends – cross-postings can only help!

** Take 60 seconds to register with the National Bone Marrow Registry: http://www.helpvinay.org/dp/index.php?q=node/11

** Continue to remain active and encourage others to register – please visit www.helpvinay.org for updates and to learn about other ways to help


From Vinay’s Parents: 

Our son, 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.

We cannot express in words what this is like. All we can do is implore you to close your eyes for a moment, and imagine that this is your son, your brother, your best friend. We are guessing you would move heaven and earth to help save his life.

We are asking you to help us do the same. We are asking you for something simple: please, please, take the 30 seconds and register yourself with the National Bone Marrow Registry. You may save our son's life.

Vinay is the world to us - he is warm, funny, loving. We have watched him grow from a little baby, to a young boy playing sports, to a fine young man determined to be a doctor, to a man marrying the girl of his dreams. Please help us help our son have a chance to live - to be with his wife, with us, and his friends.

We leave you with a final plea: Take the time out of your busy day to please go register (it really takes less than a minute) and tell your friends! Our son needs your help!!

Hema & Parthasarathy (Partha)

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From Vinay’s Wife:

As many of you may know my husband, Vinay Chakravarthy, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in November 2006.  He's been through four rounds of chemotherapy which ended in March.  We just found out last week that Vinay has relapsed.  He is facing a hard year ahead of him filled with more chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. If you want to hear more about his story, please visit http://www.helpvinay.com.   

In order for this to be a success, we NEED to find him an identical match.  Going through the National Bone Marrow Registry in this country is a great way for most people to find a match but it’s extremely difficult if you are South Asian.

I'm asking each and every one of you to PLEASE register with the national bone marrow registry ASAP either by going into a blood bank at your local hospital or going online at www.marrow.org.



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