Just wanted to send out an email with an update on Vivek's condition. He is very ill with high fevers and staying at the hospital in the city. Please think good thoughts and say your prayers for Vivek and his family. They are amazing and keeping it together best they can during this incredibly difficult time. I will post more as I know more.
Thank you to all who donated to Vivek. We are closing this site, but if you are still interested in donating to Vivek please follow the link below...
Thank you again for your love and support!!
Thank you so much to all of you who donated again!! Just to let you know. The money raised in the last couple of days has covered 5 months of their out of pocket cost for Vivek's medications!
For anyone who wanted to donate, but didn't have the chance... this site is here when you are ready ;)
Thank you again and I will post an updated picture early next week. I am looking forward to seeing them at the Ronald McDonald house this weekend!
Some exciting news. Vivek has been discharged from the hospital and is now in a Ronald McDonald house in New York City so he can be close to the hospital for multiple visits with the doctors. This is an exciting move, but has certainly been more challenging for Vivek's mom in many ways, including getting food and preparing it properly for him. He is still in isolation to prevent any risk of infection, which could jeopardize his health and well being. They are possibly there for another 1-3 weeks depending....
I am asking for donations again. The money that was raised went a far way, but their expenses are growing and it is a real stressor on this amazing family. They have to pay for the Ronald McDonald house, babysitting, expensive medications, parking, and when Vivek comes home there will be travelling in and out of the city several times a week to closely monitor Vivek. I know that you have all donated generously, and any amount will help them.
Thank you in advance and please continue to think good thoughts for Vivek and his family.
Today is vivek's bone marrow transplant. Please send all positive healing thoughts his way.
Well, its official. Vivek has been admitted to the hospital. He is undergoing chemotherapy and will be getting his bone marrow transplant in 7 days. They did not find a true match, but his mother will be his donor and all we can do is hope and pray.
I will keep everyone updated as I know more. Thank you for all of your support!
Just wanted to send an update, Vivek is getting ready for his bone marrow transplant. It is a risky procedure and Vivek and his mom will be living in the hospital for the next 6 weeks to 3 months. We have high hopes for them and your contributions will be used to help care for their 5 year old. We have reached our goal, but any additional funds will help to cover all of the expenses that are quickly adding up.
Thank you so much for all of your support!!
We reached our goal!!! I am so excited. Thank you all again for your amazing contributions. Vivek's family is so deserving and this is helping them so much!
I want to give a special thanks to all of the people who came out today for Vivek's bone marrow drive! We swabbed about 140 new registrants! I want you to know that you have opened a door to save a life today!
I also want to thank all the AMAZING volunteers that came out today to help with Vivek's Bone Marrow Drive. You all did a fantastic job and we couldn't have done it without you!
A big thanks for All the donations we received, Nyack Gourmet, Harrington Press, Dunkin Donuts in Nyack, Turiello's Pizzeria, Nursery School of the Nyacks, Dr. Kenneth Zatz, West Havestraw Bagels, Vicki's Dance Studio, Grace's Church, CrossFit Momentum, and all the yummy treats that came in from local moms.
Finally, we are also so grateful for the money that was donated to SAMAR to help cover the cost of processing fees. It is a real help!
We truly saw the good in people and I am genuinely inspired. Thank you.
CrossFit Momentum in Nyack is having a fundraising event for Vivek this Saturday April 20th @ 10 am! After the workout, at 11:30, there will be a yoga class (10$) taught by Laura Kallen-All proceeds will go to the Vivek fund.
So, you can go get a good workout, a nice and relaxing stretch and then come to the Bone Marrow Drive! You'll feel good and good about yourself! Thanks CrossFit Momentum!!!
Tomorrow is the day!! Bring your family and friends to the Bone Marrow Drive to see if you are a match to save Vivek!! Please RSVP below if you are going!
April 20th 10AM-4PM at Dr Zatz office 18 Washington Avenue in South Nyack!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
CrossFit Momentum in Nyack is having a fundraising event for Vivek this Saturday April 20th @ 10 am! So, you can go get a good workout and then go to the Bone Marrow Drive! You'll feel good and good about yourself! Thanks CrossFit!!!
We are looking for as accurate of a head count as we can get for the bone marrow drive for Vivek on April 20th 10-4 in Nyack. If you are planning on attending, please click on the link below and RSVP.
THE BOSSY FROG BAND will donate 25% of all online sales of children's music CDs, downloads, shirts and hats to Vivek's gofundme! Use discount code VivekBossy when checking out of their online store: https://bossy-frog-band-store.myshopify.com.
Please share with your peeps on Facebook and emails.
Thank you to all who came out to The Didier Dumas Patisserie non Sunday!! He helped us to raise over $300 to go towards Vivek and his family! We are now at 76% of our goal! You have all been amazing.
Those of you wishing to be tested to see if you are bone marrow transplant matches, please go to the facebook event link below and click that you are "going". Thanks again!
The bone marrow drive is ON for Saturday April 20th 10 AM-4 PM at Dr Zatz office @ 18 Washington Avenue in South Nyack. Please follow the link below and click to say if you are "going" so that we can estimate the amount of testing kits for the event! FYI, the test is just a mouth swab. Thank you!!
Hey! If you are in Nyack this Sunday (4/7), stop by Patisserie Didier Dumas for a delicious crepe, cappuccino, sandwich, or my favorite... chocolate croissant (Yum!). Didier will be donating 8% of all proceeds to Vivek!
Another amazing offer from a local professional.
Jamie Gaviola of Jamie's Faces is an artistic face painter, who is donating an hour of her time to the next person who donates $50! This is great for kids parties! Check out her site www.jamies-faces.com
N0te: She will need to confirm the date with the person who wins and requires a month's notice.
This is incredible!!
Bossy frog band and the board of ArtsRock would like to offer 2 tickets to "David Hyde Pierce in Conversation with Elliott Forrest" on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30pm at the Rittenhausen Theater, Nyack (Nyack BOCES) to the next $75 donation!!
Here's a link for the event: http://www.artsrock.org/upcoming-shows.html
This is a great opportunity to donate AND see Ana amazing show!! Thanks ArtsRock and Bossy Frog Band!!
I just wanted to share some beautiful photos of Vivek taken by Vivek's mom's friend Michelle of Luminaria Photography taken the weekend before he got sick.
Gypsy donuts has very generously offered to cater a party for up to 30 guests for the next person who donates $200 or more! They will deliver a personalized variety of donuts (2 per guest) and other baked treats, and enough Stumptown coffee or iced coffee to make the party jittery with excitement.
This is an awesome deal with AMAZING donuts and coffee!!! Ready, set, DONATE!!! Thanks gypsy!!
Just wanted to send an update. Vivek is home with his family and they have begun their traveling in and out of the city for appointments and are hoping to be able to do the bone marrow transplant in the near future. Thank you to all for your support, prayers and contributions. They are so grateful!
Bossy frog band is an AMAZING kids band and just offered to donate one 5 CD pack of Bossy Frog CDs to the first person who donates $50 to Vivek's family!! First come... First served! Ready, set, GO!!!
Happy Easter! For anyone feeling particularly generous on this holiday... Here's a great cause.
Truely amazing everyone. We are at almost one-third of our goal after the first day of our drive! Thank you again for your generosity and help.
We've reached 21% of our goal in just a few hours! Amazing!!! If you haven't ha the chance to donate yet, please take this opportunity. Please share this on your Facebook page. Every little bit will make a difference to this family!
I am floored by the amazing outpouring of support. Thank you all so much and please help spread the word!
Little Vivek was recently hospitalized in New York City with HLH,(hemophagocytic
lymphohistiocytosis) a very serious and life threatening blood disorder. He is just a year old.
Vivek is a super happy kid with bright beautiful eyes and always a smile on his face. He received a bone marrow transplant and is recovering. His state of health is still fragile and he is currently on isolation precautions at the Ronald McDonald house close to the hospital with his Mom. They are not out of the woods and have a long road to go.
Your thoughts and prayers are needed.
His Mom has been with Vivek around the clock, occasionally taking turns to be at home with their other child (an awesomely vivacious 5 year old boy). His Mom and Dad have also gone through this before as their first Child also suffered from HLH and passed away a few years ago. That Vivek is also suffering from this disease is tragic but many advances in medicine and the fact that it was caught quickly leads us to have great hope.
We decided to try to
set up this page to help them with donations so that they could have less to worry about during this awfully challenging time.
Being away from home, their expenses are adding up rapidly, including Ronald McDonald house costs, parking, medication, food cost, anticipated medical expenses, and the need for consistent childcare with their 5 year old. Once he is discharged from the Ronald McDonald house, they will need to travel in and out of the City several times a week for appointments and treatments, which will take an even greater toll on the families finances.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and support in this trying time for this family and their loved ones.