November 23, 2004

For a Friend of a Friend

Here is a mail that Pravan Sheel, one of my batchmates at ISB, sent to the students mailing list. The original sender is Nishant Sharma, Pranav's batchmate from IIT-D.

Hi guys,

I'm writing to ask for your help in resolving an immediate family crisis. 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. $50K given 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 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. Here is the Online Payment Link.

I would really appreciate any help from your side and would be grateful if you could also forward this email to your family, friends and other contacts 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 at
(617) 987-2383 (Home)
(858) 229-3427 (Cell)


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