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The chances of finding a matched donor have improved recently, but many are still in the search process awaiting a donor.

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tributes

These individuals fought valiantly and their strength, courage and hope inspires us all.
The efforts of the families and friends did not go in vain. Through their dedication and
compassion many who suffer will benefit. This is the legacy that they have left behind.

Kyle
December 24, 2013

It is with great sorrow we regret to inform you that Kyle lost his battle with leukemia.

Born on Easter Sunday and passed away on Christmas Eve, Kyle battled and fought till the end with extraordinary bravery. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

http://kylescornercare.com

Nalini
October 29 , 2013

With deep sadness we regret to inform you that Dr. Nalini Ambady lost her battle with leukemia yesterday. The following is from the Help Nalini Now Facebook page:

"It is with deep regret that we write to inform the Tufts community that Nalini Ambady, former Professor and Neubauer Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology, passed away the morning of October 28 after a long and valiant fight against acute myeloid leukemia.
Born in Kerala, India, Nalini earned her M.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. from Harvard. She began her faculty career at the College of the Holy Cross before moving to Harvard, where she remained until 2003. She joined the faculty at Tufts the following year where she remained until 2011 before moving to Stanford University.

Nalini was a world-renowned social psychologist in the area of interpersonal perception and communication. She was perhaps best known for her work on the extent to which social perceivers form accurate first impressions of others based on very limited exposures, or “thin slices” of interactions. This research was described in detail and played a central role in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book, Blink. Her research bridged areas within the field of psychology, ranging from cross-cultural perspectives to social neuroscience. She was the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Behavioral Science Research Prize, among myriad additional honors.

As highly-regarded as Nalini was for her research, she was just as well-known throughout the field for her dedication to mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows, and even junior faculty. She received mentoring awards from Tufts, Harvard, and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. Her former graduate students and post-docs now populate the faculty of psychology departments including Dartmouth, Northwestern, UCLA, Georgetown, Chicago, Hawaii, MIT, Penn State, Indiana, Denver, Stony Brook, and Toronto.

Nalini was one of the brightest people and most productive research psychologists we have ever met. But she was never too busy to read over a paper for you, offer input for a new study design you were working on, or simply open her office door to talk about anything that was on your mind. Her trademark tenacity—which contributed to her rise through the ranks to become the first Indian-American woman to teach Psychology at Harvard, Tufts, and Stanford, and was the hallmark of her battle over the years with AML—was balanced by a generosity of spirit that manifested itself in annual pumpkin carving parties at her house for graduate students and a fiercely loyal cadre of collaborators, co-authors, and protégés.

Those of us who knew her best, though terribly saddened by her passing, remain buoyed by the happy memories of our highly-decorated colleague in less guarded moments, whether confessing with a laugh to her fear of driving on the streets of Boston or conquering an even greater phobia by singing karaoke at the tenure celebration of a junior colleague (alas, per her instruction, no video documentation remains). Ultimately, the extensive efforts to find a bone marrow donor for Nalini could not save her life, but we are also gratified by the knowledge that at least 5 other individuals were successfully matched with donors as a direct result of drives inspired by Nalini’s fight to draw attention to the underrepresentation of individuals of South Asian descent in marrow donor registries.

Nalini Ambady will be greatly missed. Not just by her colleagues from Harvard, Tufts, and Stanford, and not just by the dozens of students and psychologists she mentored in a career cut too short. Her mark on the field of psychology will remain a deep and wide-ranging one. We at Tufts were fortunate to work alongside her for 8 years, and are all better scientists, colleagues, and mentors for having known her and called her a friend. Nalini is survived by her husband, Raj Marphatia, and two teen-aged daughters, Maya and Leena. As profound as her loss is for the field, our deepest sorrow stems from her loss as a mother and devoted spouse. But we are comforted by the knowledge that her family will benefit from the strength, tenacity, and courage that Nalini displayed throughout her life."

Raman
September 18 , 2013

It is with deep sadness we regret to inform you on the passing of Raman.

Raman was an incredible husband, father, son, brother and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.

We are all left with our fond memories and his lasting words to his wife, “ "Don't worry I'll be with you always". This is an assurance all his loved ones hold close to their hearts.

If you would like to make a donation to the family of Raman, please click on the following link:

http://www.gofundme.com/4eu3ek

https://www.facebook.com/saveraman

Dr Ravi
May 27, 2013

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Ravindra Luckoor. Dr. Luckoor, 60, of Bow, NH died Monday, May 27, 2013, in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a two year battle with leukemia. His loving family was by his side. He fought a brave fight and never gave up. He had a horrendous disease and it killed a beautiful man. He inspired so many people and saved so many lives. His family vows not give up and will continue to save lives in his name.

http://matchravi.com/Site/Home.html

https://www.facebook.com/MatchRavi

Ayesha
February 2, 2013

With deep sadness we regret to inform you that Ayesha Haroon lost her battle with leukemia.

Ayesha put up a valiant fight and was an advocate for patients worldwide. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-20727-RIP-Ayesha-Haroon-clear-sighted-courage-grace-and-laughter

Ayesha’s last news article:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-96364-Medical-fiefdoms

Janet
September 12, 2012

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Janet Liang.

Janet has served as an inspiration to all those who knew her. Her big heart and big smile was something that we all cherished. And although she never fulfilled her dream of being a teacher, she has taught us all one very important lesson: love. Despite battling leukemia for 3 years, she has always found it within her to make her situation more than about herself. Her campaign to raise awareness and advocate for bone marrow donors was for the love of her fellow human. She has certainly taught all of us to love one another, and live each day as if it were our last. After bravely fighting cancer for three years, she has finally found her peace.

http://helpingjanet.com/index2.html

Saankethi
May 12, 2012

Saankethi was diagnosed with MDS in April of 2011 in India. After undergoing treatment, the doctors in India suggested that she should be brought to the US to have a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Her newborn brother was not a match. Saankethi and her mother came to America in November of 2011. Saankethi needed a donor before her disease takes a turn for the worse. After battling her disease since she was born, Saankethi passed away peacefully and is dearly missed. She is survived by her parents and a younger brother.

 

Sonia
March 11, 2012

Sonia, 24, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She was in urgent need for a marrow/stem cell transplant. Sonia’s family and friends formed CURE SONIA, which hosted marrow drives across the nation to increase the number of South Asian donors not only to help Sonia but other patients searching for a marrow/stem cell transplant as well. Sonia underwent a cord blood transplant March in 2011. Unfortunately, due to complications, Sonia passed away.

Below is message from her family:
We are beyond heartbroken to tell you that after a long and brave struggle of 15 months, our beloved Sonia passed away on 03/11/2012. She was at peace, passed painlessly, and was surrounded by family and friends who loved her beyond all measure. There are no words that can even begin to express the depth of our tragic loss. She will live forever in our hearts and the exceptional joy that she brought to each and every one of us every day of her life will be always with us. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers and for your efforts on her behalf during her long struggle. Among her last wishes was that the efforts that went into the Cure Sonia campaign continue and grow in the hope that other lives will be saved. We are all inspired by Sonia’s courage and fortitude in this battle. She persevered, fought patiently, and had an incredible will. The world is a better place because she lived in it and a worse one because she has left it, but her legacy will be eternal in the lives of all of us who knew and loved her. – Sonia’s Family

http://www.facebook.com/CureSonia?v=app_4949752878

 

Samir
May 2, 2011

Samir was first diagnosed with ALL in 2003. He received a cord blood transplant in January 2011, after a marrow match was not found. 

It is with great pain we announce that on May 2, 2011, Samir passed away. Samir died at Stanford, California, on May 3, 2011, after 8 years of prolonged illness. He leaves behind in agony his parents Rajendra and Mohini, his brother Mihir, his grandfather D. R. Pendse, numerous close friends and relatives and an amazing wide circle of his own young friends.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samir-Pendse/107364652667585

 

Ravi
April 20, 2011

Ravi from Delhi was a graduate from the University of Southern California. He hoped to pursue Aeronautical Engineering, but was diagnosed with ALL in 2008.

It is with sadness we inform you that Ravi lost his battle with leukemia. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Nithya
September 22, 2010

Nithya is a wife and mother to a beautiful baby girl. She got married and moved to the US in 2006 to begin a new life. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with AML in 2010.

It is with great regret and sadness that we inform you about Nithya’s demise. A 9/10 matched donor for her was found within an international registry, but things didn't go the way we expected and Nithya died, fighting leukemia. If we were able to locate a donor earlier, Nithya might be still happily living among us. Please pray for her soul to rest in peace and to give strength to the family to bear the huge loss.

http://helpnithya.com/

Venkat
March 26, 2010

Venkat is an architect/ project manager working in Dubai. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), a type of blood cancer on December 19, 2008. He has a small family: his wife Alpa, also an architect, and a lovely eight-year old daughter, Tanaya.

Ramani graduated from the Visveswaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur in 1992. His brother is a journalist with The Indian Express in Delhi and a sister, who is a home-maker in Delhi. He was diagnosed with ALL in Hyderabad. Ramani had come to Hyderabad with his family for just three days to attend a marriage. He went for a checkup in Hyderabad where he was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia. He received treatment in Houston, TX.

It is with great regret and sadness that we inform you about Venkat’s demise on Mar 26, 2010. Please pray for his soul to rest in peace and to give strength to the family to bear the huge loss.

Nalini
December 12, 2009

Nalini is a proud wife and a mother of three children. She has devoted her whole life in making a better future for her kids. She was diagnosed with CMML in March 2009.

We are deeply saddened to inform you that after a brave fight, Nalini lost her battle to leukemia. Her friends and family worked very hard trying to find her a match. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her husband Prakash, her children and family.

 

Benjamin
October 15, 2009

Benjamin was born in 2002 in Kolkata, India. He was adopted by a loving family and came to the U.S on March 12, 2003. Benjamin was a second grader at Swanson Elementary in Brookfield, and a member of the Boy Scout Troop, Pack 23. He was a little boy who loved life and everyone around him. He was diagnosed with HLH March 2008.

We regret to inform you that Benjamin has lost his battle with HLH and passed away in October 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/
obituary.aspx?page=notice&pid=134547802#fbLoggedOut

 

Vishal
August 8, 2009

Vishal Mehta, a Software Engineer originally from Bombay living in Philadelphia with his wife Swati has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on his 29 th birthday. He lost his mother at young age of 7 and his father at age of 17. He doesn’t have any siblings. Therefore, he has to depend on a donor outside his family. Vishal received a transplant in July of 2009.

We regret to inform you that Vishal passed away on August 8, 2009 due to complications. Please keep his family and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rest in Peace Vishal. http://helpvishal.blogspot.com/

Michelle
July 25, 2009

Michelle was originally diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, on February 27, 2007. After undergoing 5 rounds of chemotherapy, Michelle reached a state of remission and slowly began to reclaim her life. She also dedicated herself to helping others by creating Project Michelle, a campaign focused on recruiting people to become potential bone marrow donors.

In April of 2008, two months after returning to work, Michelle began to feel symptoms similar to those she had felt prior to her original diagnosis. Michelle’s fears became true on May 7, 2008 when her oncologist confirmed that she had relapsed. She was also blindsided by the results of an MRI that revealed a mass on her brain.

Thanks to the generosity of registered bone marrow and cord blood donors, Michelle received a stem cell transplant in 2008.

We regret to inform you that Michelle has lost her battle with leukemia and passed away July, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.

To read about Michelle and her blog, visit the Project Michelle website: http://projectmichelle.com/

Urmi
November 12, 2008

Urmi has been suffering from aplastic anemia. She loves to play with her dolls and read stories about Lord Krishna in Gujarati.

Urmi had a cord blood transplant in October 2007.  She went home in December and has been recovering well.  She is being home schooled too! Urmi enjoys being home with her brothers. In the second week of February Urmi suffered a small setback with some GVHD. 

We are saddened to inform you that Urmi passed away on November 12, 2008. She will always be remembered as one of the sweetest and bravest little girls. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Manish
November 6, 2008

Manish, a Design Engineer was diagnosed with AML in July of 2008. His wife, Renuka, daughter, Ankita and son Arjun were the center of his universe.

With deep sadness in our hearts, we regret to inform you that Manish passed away on Nov 6, 2008. Manish did find two matches of which one was a perfect match. However, he developed complications before bone marrow transplant could take place. Our condolences go to family and friends who all worked relentlessly to save his life. May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. Prakash
October 31, 2008

Dr. Prakash a professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University was diagnosed in July of 2007 with AML. He received a transplant in 2007.

We are very sad to inform you that Dr. Prakash passed away at his home in Kansas after complications with his illness. He was the fighter till end.


Kusum
October 20, 2008

Kusum of California was diagnosed in March of 2008 with AML.

We regret to inform you that Kusum has lost her battle with leukemia and passed away after a 7 month battle with the dreaded disease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.


Mitesh
July 29, 2008

Mitesh was a first year undergraduate student in Accountancy and Finance at the Business School at the University of Warwick, UK. His last chemo session was on July 24 and he did not fare well after that. On Sunday, July 27 th he was put in comatose state for a period of three days. He had spent the 3 weeks in ICU trying to regain his strength and become stable enough for a transplant.

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Mitesh succumbed to his illness on Tuesday, July 29.

Mitesh's family has offered their sincere gratitude for all the attention and assistance you gave this matter. If not for Mitesh, you raised awareness for many others who are looking for bone marrow matches.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Vinay
June 25, 2008

Dr. Vinay, pictured here with his wife, Rashmi, were married in 2005. Vinay had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in November of 2006 and after chemotherapy failed, was informed he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Vinay received a transplant but unfortunately relapsed.

We are very sad to inform you that Vinay has lost his battle with leukemia. After many trials and ordeals, he has found eternal rest. May his soul rest in peace.

Even after his passing, Vinay’s friends’ and family's determination to help others lives on. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Raji
April 24, 2008

Rajalakshmi "Raji" a mother of two children, aged 13 and 11, had been diagnosed with ALL. Her husband quit his job in Malaysia and was by her side in Chennai to help her go through multiple rounds of chemotherapy. She is the sister of Professor Narayan Janakiraman, University of Arizona – Tucson.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Raji's passing.  After a valiant struggle, she has moved on to a better place.  All the efforts by her family have been greatly appreciated and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Sameer
March 27, 2008

Our friend, Sameer Bhatia, was just diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), which is a cancer of the blood. He is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Sameer is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, is 31 years old and just got married in 2006. His diagnosis was confirmed just weeks ago and caught us all by surprise. He received a transplant in October of 2007.

It brings us much sorrow to inform you that Sameer has passed away due to complications. Sameer went through so much and his friends and family worked tirelessly to make sure he received a transplant. But, he has been called to a higher place and our prayers are with him. We also pray for his friends and family.

http://www.helpsameer.org/

Pranav
February 29, 2008

Baby Pranav was diagnosed with a rare disease know as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency i.e. Omenn Syndrome. 

We are sad to say that Pranav passed away in late February, 2008. Even as a young baby, he fought very bravely against this dreaded disease. His family and friends will be in our prayers.


Bevin
February 7, 2008

After about a month of suffering from what appeared to be a stubborn cold and exhaustion, Bevin’s world as he knew it was turned upside down. In late January of 2004, Bevin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) nearly four months after turning 24. After extensive chemotherapy treatments, he achieved complete remission in April of 2004.

In the middle of September, 2007, Bevin was blindsided for the second time in his life. He received a call and was told that his bone marrow tests indicated that he had relapsed for the first time after being in complete remission for almost 3 ½ years. 

While Bevin was undergoing chemotherapy to achieve remission for the second time in his life; his friends and family formed Swab4Bevin with the goal of recruiting as many individuals as possible to register as marrow donors. Again, he achieved remission and was given the gift of time to be able to spend the entire holiday season with his loved ones.

In the middle of January, 2008, he met with the cord blood physician/coordinator who told him the good news that he had a perfect cord blood match and was now eligible to undergo a cord blood transplant in a few weeks. That same day, a few hours later - Bevin was sideswiped again when his oncologist told him at his routine check-up that his blood counts drawn that day indicated he had relapsed for the second time.

We are sad to say that Bevin passed away on February 7, 2008. He fought very bravely against this dreaded disease but was unable to find a match. His family and friends will be in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

http://www.bkvfoundation.org/

Utkersh
February 6, 2008

Utkersh, shown at his high school graduation, was ready to graduate college with a degree in Finance and eager to start working. At 23, he was diagnosed with ALL.

We are sad to say that Utkersh passed away recently. He fought very bravely against this dreaded disease but was unable to find a match. His friends and family will be in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

Trinu
October 27, 2007

A member of St Stephens Mar Thoma church, Trinu was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. She is a married 26 year old living in  New Jersey.

We are sad to inform you that Trinu lost her battle with leukemia. She showed great resilience in her recovery, but succumbed to the disease in the end. Our prayers are with her family. May her soul rest in peace.

 

Girish Glory
September 18, 2007

Glory was the only child of Reverend and Mrs. Roycos Hom of the Overseas Chinese Mission Church in New York City and a straight A student at Wellesley College in Boston, MA.

Glory was diagnosed with Acute Myloblastic Leukemia (AML) in March of 2005. Just a few years earlier, she had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and had a small tumor removed from her leg.

Glory found a cord blood match and received a transplant. Glory was recovering from her transplant when her leukemia relapsed.

It is with deep sadness we great to inform you that Glory passed away September of 2007.

http://jgospel.net/community/story-of-glory-hom/t35.aspx?name=&p=13

Girish Girish
July 24, 2007

Girish was born in India in a middle class family. After completing his school and college, he started working in India. He came to US in 1995 as a consultant.

Girish’s wife Swait and son Rohit were his inspiration.  

On November 4, 2006, he started having severe lower back pain and on November 7 th he was suddenly diagnosed with a rare and life threatening disease, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). 

We regretfully inform you that Girish has passed away after a long and inspirational struggle with AML Leukemia. Girish passed away from complications after his transplant. We would like to send our deepest regards and warmest condolences to his family and friends. 

Nirali
April 27, 2007

On July 26, 2006 Nirali was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia and started with standard chemotherapy treatment. She went into remission but relapsed November 2006. A marrow match was never found, but in January of 2007 Nirali was transplanted with a cord blood match.

Despite an initially successful cord-blood transplant, Nirali passed away in late April 2007. We at SAMAR express our deepest condolences and send out our heartfelt prayers for Nirali and for her family.

In her all-too-short life, Nirali brought joy to all those who were around her. Nirali's family worked night and day across the continents to try to find a matching stem cell transplant.

Here is a timeline of updates during Nirali’s fight against ALL. http://savenirali.com/Main/NiraliUpdates

Bobby
June 24, 2006

Diagnosed in August of 2005, the 24-year-old from Toronto spent 10 months hoping and praying a donor would be found.

We regretfully inform you that Bobby has passed away after an inspirational struggle with AML. We would like to send our deepest regards and warmest condolences to his family and friends. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbdtAeEacTM

Abhi
May 22, 2006

Since he was diagnosed with ALL, Abhijit remained courageous and provided all those around him with the strength they needed in such a dire time. In the months after his diagnosis, Abhi's wife Smita worked tirelessly to set up recruitment drives in the hopes of finding a donor for Abhi. 

Sadly, Abhi passed away in May 22, 2006.  SAMAR would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Smita and the rest of Abhi's family. He will be missed dearly.

http://drreeaammzz.blogspot.com/2006/05/abhijit-soman-remembered.html

Megan
November 23 , 2005

A native of Houston, TX, Megan battled Hodgkin’s disease for 3 years.

She was dedicated to helping recruit as many minority donors as possible and helped register more than 1,100 people. "Whenever I do this, I just close my eyes and focus on everyone else I can help, not only now, but in the future," said Jacob, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease when she was 19. 

She was surrounded by her entire family and many friends when she passed away on November 23, 2005.

Renuka
June 23, 2005

Renuka, a South African born human rights officer served the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In December 2003, Renuka’s life changed forever. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia wile in South Africa with her 6 month old baby Keyan and husband of 13 years, Pragasen.

A dynamic individual who brought the World Conference on Racism to South Africa and actively served the country’s Swiss High Commission at the re-introduction of South Africa into the United Nations.

She received tremendous support from her family and friends, throughout but passed away 2005. She was a loving mother and wife and a remarkable individual. She is missed by so many.

http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/index.php/people/wall-of-remembrance/186-renuka-naiker-071967-062005

Dr John
March 5, 2005

Dr. John was a dedicated family physician with a wonderful sense of humor. He was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and immigrated to the U.S in 1973. He was named as one of the Top Family Doctors in the U.S. by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.John was a very hardworking doctor with a large group of loyal patients.

John’s diagnosis of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) was extremely sudden and unexpected He passed away from a relapse of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia on March 5, 2005. Although a bone marrow transplant was ultimately not able to cure John, he fought a brave battle.

Anupama
February 11, 2005

Anupama, a software engineer in Virginia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2001 during a routine check when the doctor found her to be anemic. She had given birth to a baby boy only six months earlier.

The diagnosis came as a shock to the 29-year-old, particularly as she had led a very active career oriented life. She received the first cycle of chemotherapy, and went into remission for two years. There was a relapse in 2004.

With a heavy heart and utmost sorrow, we report the passing of Anupama on Friday, February 11, 2005. Anupama put up a valiant fight but eventually succumbed to this dreaded disease. Her courage and determination inspired all of us at SAMAR and we conducted many drives with the hope of saving her life, but sadly this was not to be. She leaves behind a grieving husband and a son. Our hearts go out to them and we pray that God gives them strength to go through this difficult and trying time. We send our heartfelt condolences to her husband, son and other family members.

Gurdeep
January 4, 2005

Gurdeep was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia on Dec. 19, 2003. All along he was a healthy boy. After multiple lymph node infections, the doctors decided to do some further tests. That was when he and his family received the news. The family was devastated with the diagnosis. It hurt when Gurdeep said, "Mom when I go to heaven I will ask GOD why he choose me for Leukemia?” They didn’t have any answers, except tears in their eyes.

Gurdeep's brother was tested for a marrow match, but unfortunately he was not
. Many registry drives were conducted on his behalf but a match was not found.

Gurdeep passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 8:20 pm. Gurdeep was at total peace and surrounded by his mom and dad. His example of grace, dignity and the wisdom with which he conducted himself will forever be an example to us all. His family misses him every day and will live through his strength which he showed everyone. He remained positive even though he endured so much suffering.

http://home.comcast.net/~gurdeep/index.html

Sagarika
November 26, 2004

A reporter for the university newspaper, Sagarika had plans of moving to New York after graduation and pursuing a career as a journalist. In March 2004, just three months before her graduation from the University of California at Irvine, Sagarika checked into a hospital with breathing problems and severe headaches. Several hours and a number of blood tests later, she was diagnosed with AML, a cancer of the blood and the bone marrow. It is a disease where immature white blood cells reproduce at an alarming rate. Unable to produce healthy blood cells, the body is susceptible to infection and suffers from intense fatigue, bone pain, nausea, and respiratory problems. After a courageous nine-month battle against the disease, Sagarika passed away on Friday, November 26th, 2004 surrounded by her family and friends.

The Sagarika Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established to commemorate the life of Sagarika Savur, who lost her life to acute myelogeneous leukemia (AML) at the age of twenty-three. The Foundation, which is involved in a variety of philanthropic and socially-minded projects, was founded by and is operated by Sagarika’s family.

http://www.sagarikafoundation.org

Cheryl
May 25, 2004

Cheryl was a very brave and courageous young woman who fought leukemia valiantly for 10 years. She has a 17year old son and a loving husband Hamanth who in spite of knowing that she suffered from leukemia married her to love her, cherish her and care for her in sickness and in health. Cheryl was one of SAMAR's first family member of SAMAR and was very closely involved in spreading awareness and holding recruitment drives to help patients like herself and others. Everyone at SAMAR will miss her cheerful smiling face. But unfortunately she did not find a match and finally succumbed to God's wishes.


Varinderpal
July 31, 2003

Varinderpal, a Mechanical Engineer from California was diagnosed with ALL in 2002. Marrow Registry Drives were conducted all over the country after it was realized that his only sister was not a match. He found a match and was transplanted, but due to complications he did not survive.

Varinderpal left behind a wife, daughter, son, other relatives and many friends.


Francis
March 2, 2003

Francisco, who was known to everyone has Francis was a native of Goa. He came to New York and worked in order to build a better life for his wife and son in Goa. In 2002, Francis was diagnosed with AML. He received a transplant from his sister and was on his way to a healthy recovery. During his treatment, Francis had the help of two wonderful individuals who made those difficult days tolerable.

An apartment was provided to Francis, free of charge and he was able to celebrate his 100 days after transplant. Unfortunately, due to complications Francis’ condition deteriorated. When all hope was gone, the two individuals made it possible for Francis and a relative to travel back to India to be with his family. Francis was able to see his wife and son before he passed away.

Please continue to remember Francis and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Anand
December 2, 2002

Anand was the personification of faith, compassion, and courage. For twelve years, he fought leukemia, a recurring menace that attacked as a thief in the night during periods of peace and recovery. His abiding faith in God sustained him and he survived by the constant companionship and nursing care of his mother. His parents, Rosamma and Jose, along with his brother, Anil and sister, Anitha, sacrificed their careers, wealth, and prospects to support Anand until he finally found peace in the merciful embrace of his Lord, Jesus Christ.

As the first born, he was the pride of his numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. He justified their love, hope, and prayers by accomplishing the impossible. In the face of four instances of cancer, Anand graduated from John Jay High School and attended Fordham University. He became an expert in treating himself, and won several awards and achievements for his cancer research. Anand continued his pursuits by concurrently preparing for a medical career and training for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Lying on his deathbed, even after cancer had once again impeded his dreams, he planned for his higher education. Fully aware of the fragile state of his life, his faith in the loving Creator drove him to hope for the future through a fragment of his autobiography, entitled "My Survival."

"…but I still keep on going. Only through courage, hope and faith can anything be accomplished."

"Mom, if I have to live, it is for my good, yours and the whole world, but if I have to die, it is also for my good, yours and the whole world, because God will never do harm to anyone…"

 

Ajit
April 5, 2002

Ajit or AJ as his friends knew him suffered with leukemia (ALL) since his initial diagnosis in 1988. He was a sophomore at The College of New Jersey and was majoring in Biology. He was also an member of the Biology Honor Society and Asian American Association. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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