Nidha was transplanted in April of 1999. We continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.
“The bone marrow transplant saved my life. It allowed me to go back to school and complete my undergraduate studies. I went on to graduate school and received a Masters of Public Health degree from Columbia University. I have been able to do things I would never have imagined – participate in 2 half-marathons, go trekking in Nepal, bathe in the Mediterranean Sea, walk on glaciers in Patagonia – among other wondrous experiences. SAMAR recruited Hemish and his parents to become potential bone marrow donors in 1995. When I needed a transplant 4 years later, SAMAR’s hard work and dedication made it possible for me to find a match. Hemish’s incredible act of kindness is impossible to match but I try to pay it forward by volunteering. I take part in fundraising events such as Cycle for Survival and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I have mentored a student from an international high school and taught adults English literacy at the library. Donating bone marrow to a complete stranger is a heroic act. I feel truly blessed that SAMAR found this courageous hero for me .”
“The gratitude I feel for my bone marrow transplant cannot be expressed. I am humbled by the kindness of my bone marrow donor and forever in his debt. I have been given the gift of life and with this gift I have graduated college and pursued graduate studies. I hope to serve as a Public Health professional where I can impact the lives of those touched with illnesses.”
December 19, 2015