Everyday is an amazing gift of life. So many times, too many times, we are reminded that life is so short and each day we get to breath, dream, live, laugh and enjoy our days is a blessing. As we reflect on this year we are reminded how grateful we are for our family, friends, teachers, acquaintances and readers for the support and love through these years. In sharing our stories with you, we have built such an amazing network and we are so humbled to have you all as a part of this journey.
Today, we are asking for your help! Please Check your Cheek for Pawan. and for so many others in our community that need your help. This is the one of the few times that ethnicity makes a huge difference so we need our South Asian community to step up.
Over this past Thanksgiving, a dear family friend and brother in law of Sheena’s best friend, Pawan, was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This devastating news came just six weeks after the couple welcomed their beautiful baby boy into this world.
Pawan has started chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. However, before Pawan can move past his disease and enjoy the bright future that lies ahead, Pawan will need a bone marrow transplant very soon. It is absolutely necessary that we find a match for Pawan immediately – and we need YOUR help.
Here’s what you can do:
For US friends and family: Please register with Be The Match (https://join.bethematch.org/) to get tested. It takes 2 minutes. A cheek swab kit will be sent to your home. Complete it and send it back, free of charge. If you’re a match, you will be contacted and you can help Pawan or another patient in need with the simple prick of a needle.
For United Kingdom friends and family: Please see info here: http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/
For India friends and family: Please see info here: http://mdrindia.org/Website/JoiningtheRegistry.htm and here: http://datri.org/
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In the spirit of this Holiday season, we hope you find it in your hearts to give back and check your cheek to give Pawan and many others like him in need a chance. Saving a life is the greatest gift we can give someone else. Please take this opportunity to help Pawan and his loving family keep faith and hope. We also ask that you keep them in your prayers with positive energy and spirits to carry them through this difficult journey.
More about Pawan and Kinnari’s story here…
An article to shed more light on bone marrow donation…
Attend these Bone Marrow Drives in NY/NJ:
When: Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Where: The Emerald Green 320 West 38th Street, NY NY 10018
Ongoing Bone Marrow Donor Swabbing Location:
When: December 12, 2016 – December 30, 2016
Time: 10am – 6pm Daily
Where: Earrings Plaza, 1263 Broadway, NY NY 10001
When: Sunday, December 18th 2016
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: The Ellora 2863 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ 08837