Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SILC: "Be the Match" for Rishik

Dear SILC Community

We have received a request from "Be the Match" organization to help out an Indian family in desperate need of blood (bone marrow) for a little baby named Rishik.

On behalf of SILC, we would like to hold a drive where people will have an opportunity to give a cheek swab for matching purposes.  Please see the note below from Kristine Reed from from "Be the Match" organization. She will be available at SILC on the upcoming Saturday from 10:30 to 12:30 to educate and guide and to answer any questions you have on this drive.

Siva Jasthi
Director - Communications
School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kristine Reed <>
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Subject: Be The Match - Local Southeast Asian baby in need of a marrow transplant
To: Fatema Pachmerhiwala <>, Hasim Khorakiwala <>, Sruti Velamakanni <>, Ramprasad Vijayagopal <>, Parag Shah <>, "Atul Wahi (WiseSoft)" <>, GOPAL PAUL <>

Hello –

Dr. Shashank Vats, a local cardiologist at the U of MN, contacted me today asking for help.  Dr. Vats has a 2-month old baby boy, Rishik, who is in desperate need of a marrow transplant.  Little Rishik is suffering from a rare auto-immune disorder called HLH and needs a marrow transplant in order to survive.  Dr. Vats has another son who is 3-years old but unfortunately he is not a match for Rishik.

Dr. Vats and his wife are consumed right now with Rishik’s care (they are currently in Cincinnati, Ohio with a HLH specialist) and they have asked me to recruit Southeast Asian donors to the registry as quickly as possible.

Can you please assist me with organizing recruitment drives with the local Southeast Asian population on behalf of and in support of little Rishik?  Suggest some places to hold them?  Help me promote them to your friends and/or help me at the drives?

Please let me know soon.

Much thanks.


p.s. I’m waiting to receive a picture of Rishik from Dr. Vats and his wife.

Kristine A. Reed, Account Executive

Recruitment & Community Development

Be The Match Registry - Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program

3001 Broadway Street N. E., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753
Office Phone: (612) 617-8389

Work Cell: (612) 616-6534

Fax: (612) 627-8118

Leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient since 1999.  Please support my efforts:


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