Tag: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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

Support Aashna & Chirag – help get to $11,000 dollars



Picture 25Jyoti Patel (Aashna’s mother)

It’s rare to find people in media like Aashna, for the past eight years she’s been my mentor, from our times to SASA to our random trips back and forth from NorCal to SoCal. If I had a new idea, transitioning jobs, changing schools… getting scolded (thanks Aash) for bad grades … she’s always been there for me… it’s important in the media to have a mentor … not only is she a mentor but a dear friend. This year … Aashna and her best friend Chirag are participating in a marathon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society… please read Aashna’s email below and SUPPORT AASHNA & CHIRAG as they aim to raise $11,000 dollars!

On June 25, 1999, my mother passed away from cancer. To celebrate her life, Chirag and I have teamed up to raise a minimum of $11,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

As participants in the “Team In Training” program, we’re asking you to help by making a donation to our fundraising campaign. Even $1.00 will make a difference. We would also appreciate if you can forward this link to your family and friends and encourage them to donate as well. If you wish to donate, please click on “DONATE TO TEAM”

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about our progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and we’ll be notified as soon as you make your donation.

Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 823,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers. We are hoping that our participation in “Team In Training” will help bring them hope and support.

Thank you very much for your support. We greatly appreciate your generosity.


Aashna and Chirag