As Amardeep mentioned, the bunker is exceptionally quiet these days, because a few of us are consumed with our day jobs (as opposed to this, our beloved virtual one). For me, holidays like the one we just had are difficult to enjoy, because it zimbly means I’m going to be forced to squeeze five days worth of work in to four. No, I’m not bitter at all, despite how that read. I’m swamped, but I’m not salty. Do you know why? Perspective.
I am constantly reminded of how I am one lucky person; other people have real problems, challenges which threaten their very lives.
Many of you remember Vinay, who needed a marrow donor, whose friends and family coordinated an extraordinary operation which found him (and a few others!) matches, even though his wasn’t “perfect”. SM constantly posted about the drives which were happening everywhere, and so many of you stepped up to give a little bit of yourself, for someone who could have been your little brother, your best friend, your cousin.
Well, we need your help again.
Another young person is fighting for his life, and despite the outstanding increase in South Asian donors in the national database thanks to Team Vinay, there is no match for him…yet. His name is Bevin and in the picture above-left, he is (of all things) wearing a “Gimme ur spit/get registered” tee-shirt in honor of Vinay. You see, as someone who was in remission, he took Vinay’s cause to heart and felt it was his obligation to do all he could to help spread the word, donate funds, convince people to get swabbed, since he knew first-hand what Vinay was up against.
Scrap the past tense; now, he is facing the same adversary Vinay is. Bevin needs our help and he needs it soon. But I’m not going to lose hope; if there was one thing I learned from Team Vinay, it was that negativity should be banished. Let’s focus on what’s good: Bevin’s friends are holding drives in New York City, within the next few days. Info on that below, the link to Bevin’s facebook group is here.
I’m sorry this post is so rushed, but I wanted to publish it ASAP, because the first drive is tomorrow. GO. PLEASE. HELP.
SWAB FOR BEVIN
All it takes is 12 seconds and you might be a match for Bevinâ€¦..
Please join us this Thursday at Bar 13 and/or Saturday at Katwalk for a Bone Marrow Drive for our dear friend Bevin Varughese. Below are the details of the events.
Date: Thursday, October 11th, 2007
Location: Bar 13
35 E 13th Street (Corner of University Place)
New York, NY 10003
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2007
2 West 35th Street (Btwn 5th & 6th Ave)
New York. NY 10001
For further Information please contact: Swab4Bevin@gmail.com
I’ll try to rewrite/update this post later…but for now, fire up your iPhone/Palm/Outlook/GoogleCalendar/Dayrunner/FranklinCoveyWhatever…if you are in NYC and you have not registered with the NMDP yet, you my friend, have plans tomorrow. If you are not in NYC, I know you’re related to, the ex- of or friends with someone who is– persuade THEM to get swabbed, if they are willing to be a committed donor.