Do U-Believe you can safe a life? You can!
A chance to save a life is coming soon to a campus near you. After holding nearly 400 drives across the nation, we (as in YOU and US) are starting up a huge initiative, back-to-school marrow donor registration drives at campuses across the country! We're calling them "I-BELIEVE drives", because each of us who've registered BELIEVES that we can save a life. They'll be going on through through late September, but don't wait till then -- registration takes only minutes, and if you match, donation is easy. We really need your help so get involved! Help us set up a drive at your school. And spread the word. Imagine graduating college with a degree and being able to say that you saved a life; which would you be more proud of (the answer is obvious, peeps!). For more information on how you can get involved (host a drive at your school!), contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
A Message From Vinay:
Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for your efforts in helping me (Vinay!) and other South Asians find a match. Through the amazing work that you have all been doing, many patients have contacted me and Rashmi to tell me they have *hope* because of TEAM VINAY's drives. What a beautiful thing to hear!
Some of these e-mails have been from patients in need who cannot afford treatment or others coming from India that, financially, cannot afford to travel to the US for care.
Rashmi and I are determined to do something more for other patients before TEAM VINAY wraps up with the college drives. I have a close friend named Kevin from med school who has been a huge source of support to me during this process - his own brother had AML and survived it. Kevin is a person who is dedicated to the concept that positive thinking can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, so he's making T-shirts focusing on this concept, of BELIEVING.
Rashmi and I reached out to Kevin recently to ask him if he'd help us (through his iB-lieve T-shirts) with this last stretch of the campaign: if he would make TEAM VINAY T-shirts and donate *all* the proceeds to patients desperately requiring help. We're lucky to have a friend like Kevin: he agreed!
So here is the deal:
T-shirts can be purchased at http://ib-lieve.com/_frameset.htm?startPage=products§ion=iB-TEAM
You buy the shirt for $20 and Kevin donate all the proceeds - we are still figuring out where to donate, but it will probably be to SAMAR, A3M and AADP the organizations who helped us so much during this process.
Please forward this message along to your friends and family that might be interested in sporting a TEAM VINAY shirt! And please continue to BELIEVE - in yourselves, in me, and in all those patients who we can still help.