Tag: Bone Marrow

CureSonia.Org Bone Marrow Drive and Concert in SF



Vaishali Rana put together this event in two weeks for CureSonia.org, she brought in Urban Desi artists like Mandeep Sethi, Pree Mayall, Rav E and Mixman Shawn. In the back, AADP Workers (Debbie and the new South Asian coordinator, Vicky) were busy with donor registrations. They easily rounded up 70 new donors! We even got a couple of shots of Mixman, Pree and Diamond Lane Records manager AJ supporting the cause and becoming donors. This was a successful event for CureSonia.org and we can’t wait for the next one! Music is the way to bring people together!

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Jan 28th: Urban Desi Artists coming together for CureSonia.org




It will be a mix of Desi and Non-Desi artists, coming together, with one sole purpose in mind – to find a bone marrow match for Sonia Rai, who has been diagnose with Leukemia. She’s only 24 years old. Vaishali Rana, a makeup artist, has put together this benefit party on behalf of Sonia. DJ Rav E, Mixman Shawn, New Day, Mandeep Sethi and Pree Mayall – are just a handful of names already confirm. Urban Desi Radio is proud partners with CureSonia.org. Let’s help find Sonia a marrow match, it just takes one match to save one life.

Letter from Sonia Rai



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AADP tweeted us that Sonia Rai (CureSonia.org) wrote a letter on her fan page, if you haven’t become a fan, please do! There’s LOTS of bone marrow drives going on for Sonia right now, keep checking it out and become a bone marrow donor.


Firstly I want to thank each and everyone who has been so supportive during this difficult time for me. The love and support that everyone has given me has truly made me speechless, and given me the strength to fight this!

I also want to thank everyone for the hard work that everyone is putting in to find me a match! I sincerely thank each and everyone of you.

Now id be lying if I said I wasn’t scared, however I am keeping a positive attitude because I know I can beat this!

I’ve been getting excellent care at MGH and my nurses are really nice. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy so that I don’t go crazy in this hospital room! Its hard though since you have to deal with chemo’s side effects and, well, no immune system. So sometimes you have good days and bad days. On my good days I watch movies and shows (thanks bhaiya for the ipad!), read, talk to the nurses and my parents and brother. I try to reach out to all the family and friends that have showered me with so much love and support.

Well dearest family and friends, I just wanted to give you all an update regarding how things are going.

Again I want to thank everyone for your love and support and hard work being put in the Cure Sonia Campaign!

Lots of Love,


Step up and find a match for Sonia



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Please visit CureSonia.com she needs a bone marrow transfusion to help fight her Leukemia, the bone marrow has to be someone from a South Asian origin. All it takes is a few cotton swabs inside your mouth to see if you could be the one to save Sonia’s life. We should all take the opportunity to do this simple test.  Imagine someone in your family could end up in Sonia’s position. No one is immune from leukemia or cancer, it can strike anyone at any time. If you are interested in hosting a drive please email curesoniadrives[@]gmail.com

Current Bone Marrow Drives for Sonia

Message from Dean Sheikh’s family



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From Jaana Sheikh….

“I am so happy that Dean had a fantastic send off. Thank you to all of the friends and family that attended and also thanks to all of the people who sent condolences via FB, text, calls and meeting us. It means alot.

Dean was an amazing child and has left a big imprint in everyones lives. His name will live on and he will become a legend. He made everyone smile with his cheeky smile. Called everyone “BAD GIRL”.

He was my hero and is now my Angel. Dean has moved on to a better place and is at peace. He left me with a gift, his 19 day old sister, Iyra Hayat.

I am now begging for people to register to become bone marrow donors and to give blood. Please do this for DEAN. M son could have been saved had he had one right donor but there was no match. Dean was not given the chance to live and to improve his quality of life. Please help someone else to live. If you have not done anyething yet, please do not wait any longer.”

RIP Dean Sheikh




While living in the UK, I got an invite to join Dean Sheikh’s Bone Marrow Donor Appeal group. I was touched by his story and even though he was sick, the video showed this sweet boy, just being a kid and having fun with his mom. On October 22nd, Dean passed away. There is a dire need, not just in the UK, but around the world for Bone Marrow donors of South Asian descent. UDR has teamed up with AADP.org (Asian Bone Marrow Program) please visit their website to learn how you can become a donor.You can also visit SAMAR to find a local donor branch in your community. For our UK listeners, please call 0207 0284 1234 or visit Anthony Nolan

On Dean’s FB group, someone wrote Heaven will gladly welcome Little Dean. He was a brave boy. God bless him and his closest who worked hard and will continue to work hard for a good cause


Such sad news- the most entertaining and charming young man i’d met. My deepest sympathy to his family.

For our listeners in the UK and want to pay their respects to Dean and his family.

23rd Oct 2009

Dean will be at his Nan’s House at Mid day (u are more than welcome to come to the house
69 Tunis Road Shepherds Bush London, W12 7EY 1pm approx Funeral/Janaza will take place @ Shepherds Bush Mosque W12 7LJ (this will be after Juma prayer) The Burial is at Mortlake cemetary (please note Muslim customs do not allow Women to attend the cemetary)


Iceberg Slimm, Dean and Raghav


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