Save Veer! Please help save a life!
Heartfelt appeal to help 4 year old Veer save his life
Report by Pranlal C Arjan Dhanak. Webmaster
Four year old Veer s/o Nirav and Kirpa Gudkha who lives in Harrow, London, UK has been diagnosed with a very rare life-changing illness called Fanconi Anaemia
which affects bone marrow functionality.
His blood counts are dropping and will require a bone marrow transplant soon for which they are still looking for an ideal stem cell match.
In fact, Veer and his family's search has attracted the attention of local, national and international press (The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, ITV News, LadBible,
BBC Asian Network, The Mirror but to name a few).
Nirav and Kirpa Gudkha's 4 year old son Veer in Harrow has been diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia and will soon require a stem cell transplant, for which they are
still looking for an ideal stem cell match. In fact, Veer and his family's search has attracted the attention of local, national and international press (The Mail on Sunday,
Evening Standard, ITV News, LadBible, BBC Asian Network, The Mirror but to name a few).
Veer is a very cheeky young boy, smart, playful, brave and adventurous. He has been raised in a family that closely follows the Jain faith, an ancient religion of India,
that promotes non-violence and peace.
Nirav's father's family originally comes from a small village Lakhiya near Jamnagar and his mother is from Kisumu, Kenya. The maternal grandparents are
from a village called Beraja near Lalpur and Jamnagar.
Veer and Suhani attend religious classes every Sunday to learn about Jainism, and their father Nirav conducts the classes. His upbringing honours his Indian
heritage and enjoy all things Indian - the food, music and dancing. Veer even speaks good Gujarati !
They have been actively campaigning throughout 2020 among the Asian community in particular to raise the awareness of more people needing to join the
stem cell donor register to help people like Veer.
The process to become a donor
It is very easy to register to become a donor, requiring only a cheek swab and if you are matched to someone, the donation process is usually similar to
The videos below give you a good insight into the processes for both registering and donating.
You can look up the campaign so far on @HelpVeerNow on Facebook and Instagram, or check out the website https://www.helpveernow.org/.
Campaign Video links:
Veer's Story: Campaign Video
The process to register will take as little as 5 minutes, and anyone who might be moved to join the donor register could potentially save the life of someone
else in the future, if not Veer himself.
Register from the comfort of your own home
There's an urgent need to get more Asians on the register, to help our own communities. The beauty of this campaign is that, should anyone be moved to
register as a donor, despite the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, they are able to do so from the comfort of their own homes.
If you have been inspired by this story and want to help out
our wonderful Veer (and others in need of a bone marrow transplant), you can
via the following organisations:
Organisation: Anthony Nolan
Age Limits: Between 16 and 30 years old
Registration Link: http://anthonynolan.org/HelpVeerNow
Contact No: 0303 303 0303
Age Limits: Between 17 and 55 years old
Registration Link: http://bit.ly/helpveernow
Contact No: 020 8747 5620
There is also an international charity to register in various countries to become a stem cell donor.
Let's all do our bit to help Veer and others in need of a bone marrow transplant and help save lives!