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Emergency Life Saving Fund for Avi

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Brooke Laura via Crowdrise
February 13, 2014

Hi friends! Avi is attending school in Kathmandu, undergoing 1 year of physiotherapy, and still needing to raise money for treatment.  See more

BENEFITING: SAPRINU INCORPORATED

EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2012

Brooke Laura

THE STORY:

I met Avi and the rest of the Bhattarai family 3 years ago when I journeyed to Nepal. Little did I know that I would end up starting a school in a rural Nepali village with Avi's father and so the story begins.

Avi is an incredible 8-year-old boy who was born in the rural village of Archale in Nepal. Life for Avi was normal.  His days were typical of any child his age: playing with his younger brother, participating in sports, reading, running around his village.  He was happy and healthy. This story begins when one day a year and a half ago he began complaining of neck pain. A few days later he had completely lost the ability to walk. There were no medical facilities nearby, so he and his family traveled the 6 hours by local bus to the capital city of Kathmandu. We soon discovered Avi had a fast growing tumor on his thoracic spine. In an effort to save Avi's life, a group of friends rallied together and raised funds for the family, and they were off to India for treatment. There had found no medical facilities in Nepal that were equipped to treat children with cancer or tumors such as Avi's. 

Avi was misdiagnosed 4 times, underwent 2 failed surgeries to remove the tumor, and made multiple trips to India.  Time was running out. The family began their desperate search for a surgeon who would commit to taking on Avi's mysterious and challenging case in an effort to stop the growing tumor that was strangling his spine, resulting in paralysis.  In January 2012, a team of specialized surgeons from around Nepal united to perform what proved to be a successful surgery to remove Avi's tumor. 

Miraculously, after being paralyzed for 1 1/2 years, Avi shocked us all by walking on his own just two months after surgery.  To this day doctors are still unable to give Avi a definitive diagnoses. Since his surgery, the tumor has already begun to grow and he desperately needs radiation therapy in an effort to stop the tumor from spreading. 

Avi wants more than anything to be a normal kid again. He looks forward to the day when he can run through his village with the other children, ride bikes with his little brother, go to school, and be happy and healthy. Avi wants to be an engineer when he grows up. We want to help give him the best possible chance of a bright future. Please help us in getting Avi the medical treatment he so badly needs. 

We believe that every child no matter where in the world they happen to be born and no matter what their economic status -- all deserve access to health care. Avi was born into a poor family in the hills of rural Nepal.  There is no access to health care and in many cases people are left to die even when treatment is available but requires just a matter of a few hundred dollars. Money should not determine whether or not Avi lives. His spirit and will to survive are profound; his family's determination and love unwavering. 

We can all do something to help others -- today I ask you to help in saving young Avi's life. With your help, together we raise awareness and money to give Avi a fighting chance. Please join us today by making a donation! 

Thank you and many blessings!

 

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$7,663

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    $18

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    $100

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    $15

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    $50

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    $300

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    $100

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    $25

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    $100

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    $25

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    $100

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    $100

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    $50

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    $25

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    $40

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    $50

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    $100

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    $25

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    $20

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    $100

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    $20

  • Anonymous

    $500

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    $150

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    $50

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    $100

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    $200

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    $100

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    $350

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    $100

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    $100

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    $50

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    $25

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    $100

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    $50

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    $100

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    $100

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    $20

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    $100

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    $25

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    $150

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    $100

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    $50

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    $100

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    $25

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    $100

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  • Kathy D

    $20

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51% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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The Team: $7,663 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Brooke Laura

Amount Raised

$3,236

 

22% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Soham Dhakal

Amount Raised

$1,420

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Laurel Etter

Amount Raised

$1,387

 

14% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Tiina Rantakokko

Amount Raised

$1,070

 

11% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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SAPRINU INCORPORATED

Amount Raised

$300

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Paul Josephson

Amount Raised

$150

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SAMPADA ACHARYA

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Kathy Roy

Kathy Roy

DONATION: $20

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Kathy D

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Tina Golden

Tina Golden

3 years ago

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ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

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David and Ellen Mowrer

David and Ellen Mowrer

DONATION: $25

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Mikaela

Mikaela

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Doug Donnellan

Doug Donnellan

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Austin Lord

Austin Lord

DONATION: $100

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Andrea Pregel

Andrea Pregel

DONATION: $150

Be strong little boy! :) 4 years ago

Sam Chhorm

Sam Chhorm

DONATION: $25

4 years ago