April 1999


Nidha was transplanted in April of 1999. We continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

Nidha’s words:

“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