Hi guys, Vinay is finally home! Here is a picture of him....he is busy relaxing with his brother Bharath and his friends so he will post later in the week. He is so happy to be out of the hospital but he isn't feeling a 100% yet. No matter what happens this week, we're going to keep our heads up and our faith strong.
We Believe that good things are just around the corner! Keep sending positive energy his way, he loves reading the wonderful support messages! For now, I am posting this email from Vinay that he wrote to family and friends to ask help for other patients:
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.