Wednesday, November 24, 2004

MAD Emergency Appeal # 1

“If you save a life it is as if you have saved all humanity; If you take an innocent life it is as if you have killed all humanity.”

Here is an all-time favourite Chicken Soup story ...

Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.


Below is an email received yesterday from my friend and batchmate Yogi aka Yogesh Yadav <yogeshiitd@yahoo.com>. Please respond.

Subject: Help needed to raise funds for a bone marrow transplant

Hi All,

A friend of mine (a batchmate from IITD) is trying to raise funds for his little niece, Sukriti, who is suffering from Blood Cancer. Since the cost of treatment is very high and his family cannot afford it, we are planning to mobilize the same from people across various companies / universities.

Request you all to make donations for the cause. However small you may consider your contribution to be, it would indeed be a great support for Sukriti.

For more details please find my friend's mail attached below.

If anyone is interested in making e-transfer then it can be done to my account (ICICI / HSBC).

Please drop me a mail and I’ll provide the account details.

Best, Yogi


Hi All,

I am trying to raise funds for my little niece Sukriti, who is suffering from blood cancer (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately for us, an unrelated bone marrow transplant is not done in India and therefore we’ve zeroed down on Singapore as a preferred location for the transplant. Although the cost of the transplant in Singapore is relatively a lot less compared to other locations ($150K vs $400K in US), my family would only be able to mobilize approx. $50Kgiven our current financial situation. We are hoping to raise the balance for Sukriti’s transplant through donations and other fundraising channels.

In this regard, we’ve set up a charity fund called the Save Sukriti Fund and a website (www.savesukriti.org) that provides information on Sukriti’s situation. The website has an online payment gateway (Paypal) for online contributions as well as an option to mail checks/demand drafts to Save Sukriti Fund both in US and in India. (Online Payment Link: http://www.savesukriti.org/make_donation.htm)

I would really appreciate any help from your side and would be grateful if you could also forward this email to your family, colleagues and friends who would be able to contribute to this cause. Also, I would really welcome any other fundraising ideas /suggestions that you might have in order to raise the appropriate funds for Sukriti in this short time frame.

Thank you so much for all your help.


Email: nsharma@mba2006.hbs.edu
(617) 987-2383 (Home)
(858) 229-3427 (Cell)

P.S: For people outside the US, wanting to contribute through Paypal, it takes 2-3 days to verify your debit /credit card if you are using Paypal for the first time. The other option is to contribute via a check/demand draft.

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