DATRI, a not-for-profit organisation, also felicitated Dr. Mammen Chandy, Director of Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, for his relentless support and help to the Organization.
Dr. Mammen Chandy, Director, Tata Medical Center said, “I am happy to support DATRI in its lifesaving mission. With DATRI’s India’s largest database of blood stem cell donors registry, we are able to help many blood cancer patients who are in need of a donor. I would encourage everyone to step forward and register with DATRI. With this we can bring hope to many patients’ lives.”
Thirteen-year-old Aliva Rout (from Balasore, Odisha), was suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) a blood cancer. Aliva along with her parents was invited on stage to meet her lifesaver Prashanth Venkataraman.
Prashanth Venkataraman, Aliva Rout’s Donor from Chennai said, “If you have donated blood at some point you come out of the hospital satisfied that the blood you donated today is going to save someone’s life. Blood Stem Cell donation is just as safe and could gift a life to someone suffering from cancer. I thank DATRI for giving me this opportunity and I am humbled that such a small thing I did could have such a massive impact on someone else.”
Sumati Misra, Head – Counseling & Transplant Centre Management, DATRI said, “Each of us needs to help spread the light of awareness, register new donors and dispel the darkness of ignorance and myths. Once matched, we need to support and encourage our friends and family to donate. Days like today are a celebration as a survivor meets their donor. Challenges are opportunities and DATRI’s mission is to give each patient a 2nd chance at life. Each new donor registered is a ray of hope for patients looking for a match.”
The second recipient was a fourteen-year-old Chandranath Banerjee (from Agarpara, West Bengal), who was suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) a type of blood cancer.
Chandranath Banerjee’s donor Nizamudheen from Mallapuram, Kerala said, “I appeal to one and all to join and register with DATRI and its lifesaving mission. Today, I’m extremely happy to meet and see that I indeed helped someone to gift a life. It adds immense joy and makes my life even more meaningful and worthy.”
DATRI is working towards creating a wide and diverse database of potential Blood Stem Cell Donors that can be accessed by any patient living anywhere in the world in need of a Blood Stem Cell Donation.