AAPI donates $100,000 towards Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America

Chicago, IL: March 16th, 2018: American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has donated $100,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, during the Governing Body meeting held from March 9th-11th, which was attended by members of AAPI’s Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Chairs of all the Standing Committees, Chair of the Convention Committees.

Dr. Samadder presented the check to Rosalind Achkar, Senior Corporate Manager,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America. In her address, Ms. Achkar thanked AAPI for the donation and appreciated the efforts of Samir A. Shah and Saar D Shah, the twin 15-year old grand children of Dr. Vinod Shah for leading the campaign through their initiative, Team Fly4aCure Maryland.

While AAPI had contributed $50,000, Dr. Vinod Shah, a past president of AAPI, and a well known philanthropist, matched the amount provided by AAPI, thus doubling the donation through AAPI at this special event. Prominent among those present at the event were Dr. Ashok Jain, Chair of BOT of AAPI, Dr. Naresh Parikh, President-Elect, Dr. Amit Chakrabarty,  and Dr. Vinod Shah.

The donation was part of the launching of a campaign by AAPI against Leukemia and Lymphomas. The event was held at the annual AAPI Spring Governing Body meeting at the Freemont Marriott Silicon Valley, Fremont, CA on Sunday this week. “AAPI has taken on yet another cause to promote through its active support in educating people about the deadly disease around the world,” Dr. Gautam Samadder, President of AAPI said.

Manushi Chillar, Miss World 2017, later on, attended a press conference on Women’s Empowerment during the Governing Body Meeting of AAPI. Dr. Samadder invited Ms. Chillar to attend the annual Convention of AAPI, which is planned to be held in Columbus, Ohio during the July 4th weekend.

Ms. Chillar was reported, in a previous report from AAPI to be the Brand Ambassador of AAPI for creating awareness about the deadly diseases, Leukemia and Lymphoma. At this time, there is no confirmation, and Ms. Chillar has not confirmed to be the Brand Ambassador of AAPI. AAPI wants to express regrets for inaccurately reporting of Ms. Manushi’s role at AAPI’s campaign against Leukemia and Lymphoma.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a 501 charitable organization, founded in 1949, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.

 “Coming from a nation that has given much to the world, today physicians of Indian origin have become a powerful influence in medicine across the world. Nowhere is their authority more keenly felt than in the United States, where Indians make up the largest non-Caucasian segment of the American medical community,” Dr. Samadder said.  “The overrepresentation of Indians in the field of medicine is striking – in practical terms, one out of seven doctors in the United States is of Indian Heritage. We provide medical care to over 40 million of US population, caring for one in every seven patients in the nation. There are 150 AAPI Chapters across the nation and it has an ever growing membership of Indian American Physicians,” he reported.

AAPI is an umbrella organization representing dozens of local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, AAPI represents the interests of physicians, medical students and residents of Indian heritage in the United States. It is the largest ethnic medical organization in the nation. For more details, please visit:  www.aapiusa.org

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