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An Appeal for Help!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rahul Priyadarshi
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An Appeal for Help!

Dear fellow BITSians,

You may be aware that our fellow BITSian, Ravi Kishore Komatireddy, was diagnosed with Head & Neck Cancer in April 2014. This is a rare type of cancer which is even more rare for the 30-34 years age group @ 0.025%.

Since April 2014, Ravi has been going through multiple treatment modalities (surgery, radiation, chemo) in Hyderabad and London. Unfortunately, the sessions have taken their toll, both on his health and on his family’s finances.

There is hope for Ravi's recovery: The FDA recently approved a drug called Pembrolizumab, which has had success in very late stage melanoma cancer. We hope that this drug will be able to help Ravi too. Clinical trials for use ofPembrolizumabfor Head & Neck cancer will start in late February, but he doesn’t have that much time. Ravi needs access to the drug now.

Each dose ofPembrolizumabcosts £4000, and Ravi will need one dose every three weeks. Needless to say, this will be a huge financial burden on Ravi’s family. Ravi’s friends have formed ‘Team Ravi’ to help them through it.

Ravi is a fighter – he is bravely enduring through the chemo and the stress, all with a smile. We hope that with our support we make this smile last forever!

An ulcer that appeared in his mouth has changed Ravi’s life forever. At 31, Ravi has an admission offer for the MBA at Kellogg Business School that he has deferred. We are hoping that Ravi can get well soon and live his dreams of getting an MBA degree and maybe DJing with Tiesto someday.

BITSAA has setup a fund to raise 15K USD which will help Team Ravi meet their initial target of 100K USD.

https://bitsaa.site-ym.com/donations/fund.asp?id=12566

Please donate to help Ravi.Also, please share this communication with your colleagues, family and friends who you think might be able to help.

You can also help Ravi non-monetarily. Ravi's treatment requires drugs that are expensive. If you or someone you know, knows people in the pharma industry or any other connection that can help, please drop a line to helpravi-team@bitsaa.org.

For any questions or help with donations, please contact fr@bitsaa.org.

Regards,

BITSAA Team

 


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