June 25th, 2008

Dear Friends and Family:

As most of you know by now, Vinay left us this morning a little after 7 AM . He left after a strong fight with leukemia and an absorbent amount of pain from treatment, infections, etc. His last few hours were spent with Rashmi, family and best friends. It was clear, even in his last few months, that his beautiful persona and charming wit was felt by many including hospital security, nurses, PAs, Doctors and the custodial staff. The outpouring of hospital employees was tremendous.

His last rites will be performed on Friday morning by a local priest, details regarding the ceremony can be found above.

Some of you have enquired if you could do something in Vinay's memory. We request that you do not send flowers or other gifts. If you would like to make a donation in Vinay's memory, we would suggest that you donate to the National Donor Marrow Program.

Feel free to also donate in Vinay's name.

Vinay's commitment to finding other South Indian's a match has been made evident to the work that him and the group, helpvinay.org have done thus far for the South Asian Community.

Rashmi is my Heroine

Through Vinay's struggle with Lukemia, Rashmi has stood by him, been strong and did not leave things to fate. She organized drives, wrote in newspapers and the web to increase his chances of a new life. I heard that she had to stop attending med school to prevent spread of infections that Vinay became very susceptible to. She is my heroine.

It is a reminder to all of us that marriage means together in sickness and in health. Rashmi put his well being ahead of hers and left no stone unturned to try to save his life.

I live in the same neighborhood as Partha and Hema and hope to meet them someday. I am Hiran's friend.

Thank you for raising awareness and the donor database. It will save lifes for years to come.

May you rest in peace Vinay,

May you rest in peace Vinay, your bravery and the attitude you kept will always be an example to others. My sincere condolences to the family.

SORRY TO HEAR

It is really very sad that vinay is no longer in here. But there are somethings that he has taught people across the globe. His inner strength that guided him through his battle with the illness is an inspiration for each one of us. His thoughts when he was constantly fighting with the illness was a strong feeling of hope and a positive mindset. In Vinay, I think that the world has lost a fighter, a teacher and above all the family & friends have lost a son, a husband, a friend. My heart-felt condolences to all of you out there. May Vinay's soul rest in peace.

At a loss for words

Vinay,

I'm just one of the thousands of individuals who are blessed to have known you and have been touched by you. I've never met you, but your strength, energy, courage and hope will guide me and make me a better person for the rest of my life, I promise you that. Your life and story has inspired me to love those who hate me, forgive those who hurt me, appreciate what I have in life instead of worrying about what I do not have, take life one day at a time and not worry needlessly, radiate the message of peace, hope and love to all around me. If I can change a person as much you have changed me, my life is blessed.

I pray that your wife, family and friends have the strength to cope with the void in their lives.

Rest in peace, my friend.

My deepest condolences

Sometimes one wonders about the purpose of life on earth when something like this seems to be so meaningless. God seems to have some purpose defined for everyone which we do not understand at all.

I have never met Vinay. I registered with Donor program but guess did not match.

Vinay taught us all about how to cope with life in a positive manner even when things are not working for you. Vinay, I am deeply saddened and at a loss of words reading your fight. At the same time, I also learnt to be more positive through your attitude.

I sincerly hope and pray that his wife Rashmi and his parents and family will be able to overcome this and continue with their life over time.

Time and Faith are the 2 major healers here and hope that will give some comfort to us all.

My heart goes out

I just received the email today stating that Vinay had passed and I was just taken aback. I was so hopeful that he would find a match and I feel deeply saddened by the outcome. I put myself on the registry a couple of years ago at a college drive after much encouragement and a sense of urgency for mixed people to be on the registry (I'm African American and South Indian). In memory of Vinay I will definitely encourage my friends and family to join the registry. My prayers go out to friends and family of Vinay.

Heartfelt Condolences

We just came to know about this news through an email.Our heartfelt condolences to Vinay's parents,Rashmi and family.May God give you strength to overcome this grief.
-Rashmi & Kaustubh

Vinay

I am so sorry to hear of Vinay's demise. I've kept up with his story and progress and am saddened to hear the news. My condolences and prayers to his parents, Rashmi and extended family.

Just heard the news

Just got an e-mail relaying the news, so very sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We just came to know about

We just came to know about this today through a friend today. We are really sorry to hear this but at the same time we will pray for the family.

very sorry to hear the news

Partha, when you gave me the news this morning, I was taken aback. It's hard to believe he's gone. throughout the last couple years, you've kept me informed of his struggles and triumphs, and of his strength of will to fight this. I always thought he would pull through. I never imagined that the disease would overcome him. That's why it's so sad what has happened. I never met Vinay, but I will remember him. Peace be with you and your family.

I am shocked and deeply

I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Vinay's demise. I used to follup on his progress time to time and this time, I was truly hoping to read about him spending time at home, doing the most ordinary things which most of us take for granted. Alas...such sad news. Vinay, wherever you are, I truly hope you are at peace. I salute your efforts in wanting to make all of us better aware of the disease and what we can do to help. And to Rashmi, may God give you strength and courage. You were a pillar of strength to Vinay and I was totally overwhelmed with how you went through such an ordeal and were such a strong body of support to him. My condolences to Vinay's parents, Rashmi and his friends. I hope we can overcome this horrible disease some day soon.

With deepest condolences,
MM & family

Rest In Peace, Vinay

Vinay - If life was measured not by years, but instead, by the number of lives touched, friends made and memories created, you lived a long and glorious life. But we’re still left wondering why you were so cruelly snatched away from us. Like many, I was moved by your story and inspired to help the movement created by your incredible friends and family. Running those drives in DC and watching a community come together was incredible. A glimpse of what made you special was evident in the email you wrote to me literally the day after your transplant. I was warmed that you felt strong enough to write. We said we'd meet soon but fate willed otherwise. I grieve for you today but take comfort that you are no more in pain and have found peace. To Rashmi, Vinay’s parents and brother, and close friends: words fail me, but I pray that you find the strength to carry on like he would have wanted you to.
Aditya, DC/Boston

I am so sorry for your

I am so sorry for your loss...Rashmi, you are a great woman that showed the world what true love is. You have amazing strength. He will always be with you. Vinay is a hero

Lots of love

My condolences

I'm so sorry for the world's loss...Rashmi, you are a beautiful strong young woman, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

HE IS A HERO!

I feel very sorry to know that vinay is no more. His loss is irrepairable to his family, friends and community. May his soul rest in peace.

My deepest condolences.

I didn't know Vinay, but I kept up with his story and could tell he was an extraordinary individual. My heart goes out to his whole family. You are all in my thoughts.

Rammohan, Rajni-akka, Rashmi

Rammohan, Rajni-akka, Rashmi & family ....

Though no words can fill the void in your life, we pray SriKrishna will give you the strength to bear the loss. Life may seem meaningless, yet one must carry on; Time, it is said, is a great healer.

Hearing the news, both of us found ourselves re-living the few moments that you shared with us about Vinay. May his soul rest in peace.

My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The world has lost an inspiring and caring leader. By sharing Vinay's journey with us you have given us a glimpse into God's plan for all of us: to live a full life, connected to others, and in our own personal struggles positively affecting the world. Vinay and all of you are models for how to live a life. May God comfort you in these difficult days ahead. Vinay will always be with me and remembered as a good, loving soul. Peace. Aparna

To Vinay's parents, Rashmi, family and friends!!!

I am deeply saddened to hear that Vinay is no more in this world. Through his life he has shown what a believer and fighter he has been, an inspiration to all of us. He is very close to god now, and from where he can show us all light in the right direction. He has made his life immortal through his fight for life, happiness and support and doing so in creating awareness which are converted to deeds, like the Bone Marrow Donor campaign (of which I am one). My prayers and condolences are with Rashmi, Vinay's parents and his Brother. I pray to god to give you all strength during this hard time. God bless.

I want to thank all the volunteers, family members, friends and any person involved in the drive and their willingness to share information and bringing about that cultural change in the minds of fellow South Asians. I hope there are efforts put into achieving success in future so this dreadful disease can be prevented/cured and we do not allow another brilliant, happy and smiling faces of Vinays or Sameers to leave us anymore.

In the memory of an immortal human being, Vinay....

Dear Chakravarty Family, I

Dear Chakravarty Family,

I never met Vinay but kept up with his progress regularly. I saw Nirali, Vinay and Sameer as the torchbearers for our community. Very special people put on this earth for a very special purpose. I am truly saddened by this loss, and I realize that no words will be enough to console you at the moment, but Vinay has been freed - from the pain of the treatments, the side effects. He is in heaven, with his soul at complete peace. I pray the lord to bring you the strength to cope with his loss.

I am very sorry to hear this

I am very sorry to hear this sad news as I was always reading your website about your progress. But this terrible end has left me in profound sadness. I wish the GOD to give Vinay's family the ultimate strength to bear this unimaginable loss and would like to express my deepest condolences to them. May the departed soul have peace.

vinay, we will miss you

it was a total shock while checking for regular update.

may his soul rest in peace

regards,
lata

I'm sorry to hear that Vinay

I'm sorry to hear that Vinay passed away despite his efforts, those of his family, his friends, and everyone else. Still, I'm impressed by what "Help Vinay" has accomplished.
I never met him but I thought about him many times because of Project Michelle (my sister in law). It's hard to make sense of a disease that can take life away in someone's youth.
My thoughts go out to his family

Vinay

This is indeed a terrible loss and a very sad moment.
Our hearts reach out to his dear parents,his ever loving wife,brother and the entire family.
We pray that God gives you all a lot of mental strength to face this tough period.
Vinay has become immortal ,his campaign for Bone marrrow registry has infused life in so many.
He is indeed a very noble soul and God's own child.

Pratibha and Srikanth.

my deepest condolences

Vinay has been and will continue to be an incredible inspiration to all of us. His legacy lives on through the altruism he has sparked in so many others. He is in my heart and thoughts.

I don't know what to say but

I don't know what to say but the least I can DO is to keep your family in my prayers Vinay. Be at peace my brother..

Deepest condolences to Rashmi, Vinay's Family & Friends

I'm so sorry to hear about Vinay's passing, and I pray to God that he will give you all the strength to cope with this hard time. I first came across Vinay's website about an year ago, and since that day I had bookmarked the page and I visit at least once a week to check on his progress. I just lost a grandparent to cancer three weeks ago, and today when I remembered to check Vinay's website, I did and I was shocked to read the update on the memorial service. The only other time that I had cried for the death of someone whom I didn't know in person was for Sameer. I cannot explain in words how sad I feel, it feels like I lost a family member. Rashmi, I know that no words can heal the pain that you are feeling now, but please know that Vinay is in peace and definitely in a better place now. To Vinay's Parents and Bharath, I'm very sorry for your loss. You all have stood beside Vinay through his courageous fight against this illness, and you provided all the care and love that you can possibly give him. He is truly a hero, who made everyone realize the importance of being a committed bone marrow donor. He will always be known as the person who brought awareness about this among the South Asian community. I will always remember him as a hero and as a winner, because he fought with courage and did not give up. Rest in Peace Vinay.

Shruthi
(a sister who was unlucky to have never met you in person)

Our deepest condolences

Dear Hema, Parthasarathy and family,

So sorry to hear about Vinay. We will remember for ever what Vinay has done.
May god give you all strength to bear this great loss.

-Chandru and Gowri

Deepest Sympathy

To Vinays friends and family-
My wife and I have never met Vinay personally but we were inspired by his friends and familhy in the Chicago area to participate in and host bone marrow drives in the Chicago area. With our deepest sympathy we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We congratulate your friends and family who spent all their time and effort to promote this worthy cause of bone marrow donation. Hopefully one day we find a cure to this horrible disease. As a hematologist myself, I was heart broken to hear about Vinay's death.

With our deepest condolenscenes

Neel and Himani Shah
nbshah6@yahoo.com

Thoughts on courage

Dear Rama Mohan, Rajani, Rashmi and Vinay families,

Thank you for letting us know and meet Vinay as he became part of your family. Thank you Vinay for showing the way and opening new vistas for Indians and Asians needing bone marrow transplants. Your courage and determination will live on. We pray for both families to find strength and peace during this time of tremendous loss. Love, Rajaram family (Raj, Uma, Amit)

Deepest condolences

To close family and friends of Vinay,

I have never met Vinay but one thing i learnt frm Vinay's strong fight and his constant persuasion was never to lose hope ..

May his soul rest in peace.

Thank you for your courage

Vinay, his family and his friends demonstrated amazing courage when deciding to take this journey public. It was inspiration for Sameer and it has already helped to save dozens of other lives. So even though Vinay has left us for God's embrace, he has left behind an incredible legacy by enabling other patients to find marrow matches. Thank you Vinay.

condolences, Vinay RIP

29 is too young, I'm sorry for this news. But in his life, Vinay showed us what courage and a good heart can accomplish, if we reach out. My condolences to his family & friends for their loss, and RIP, Vinay.

rest in peace

Vinay and Sameer,

You opened your lives to the world and made signing up for bone marrow donation not an option but a personal obligation. I am inspired by your drive and ability to live life with so much determination, love, and hope in the...we learn from you and honor your lives.

My thoughts to Vinay's family and Sameer's family...

Poem

This is an excerpt from a Poem by Rumi. -Vinay, you will be missed.

When my coffin
is being taken out
you must never think
I am missing this world

don't shed any tears
don't lament or feel sorry
I'm not falling
into a monster's abyss

when you see
my corpse is being carried
don't cry for my leaving
I'm not leaving
I'm arriving at eternal love

when you leave me
in the grave
don't say goodbye
remember a grave is
only a curtain
for the paradise behind

you'll only see me
descending into a grave
now watch me rise
how can there be an end
when the sun sets or
the moon goes down

it looks like the end
it seems like a sunset
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up
that is when your soul is freed

Have you ever seen
a seed fallen to earth
not rise with a new life
why should you doubt the rise
of a seed named human

-Rumi

Condolences

I express my deepest condolences and sympathy to the whole Partha family and Rashmi. May Vinay's soul be at peace. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you through this difficult time. May you find peace.

Divya

Our Deepest Condolences

We are so saddened to hear of Vinay's passing. During his short time with us Vinay, always greeted us with a warm smile and a kind word. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this extremely difficult time. Heaven has a new angel in Vinay
Menino PACU staff

Dear Hema Aunty, Parthasarathy Uncle, Bharat and Rashmi

I was friends with Vinay at Berkeley. His journey, although heartbreaking, has touched the lives of milllions of people. I can only hope that there are more souls like his, which inspire those around him to action. In the end, his life on this planet has allowed generations of people to benefit. It is in this thought that I find solace--may god bless you all and my prayers are always with you.

Condolences

Dear Hema Aunty, Parthasarathy Uncle, Bharat and Rashmi,

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been so touched by Vinay's story and his courage. He will serve as an inspiration for years to come. The work that all of you have done on behalf of the National Donor Marrow Program will aid so many people in our community. May God give you comfort at this time.

Our Heartfelt Condolences

Dear Dr Ram Mohan Rao, Rajani-Aunty, Rashmi, and Vinay's family members,

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
We don't know how to console.
May God give all of us courage and strength at this time and always.

Nainam Chindanthi Shashtrani
Nainam Dahathi Pavakah
Na chainam kledayanthyaapo
Na shoshayathi Maaruthah.

Vinay is always alive in the hearts of millions.

Keshavraj & Shilpa

Sorry about your loss

I am truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Many of us that went to

Many of us that went to medical school with Vinay at BUSM have been thinking of him and following his progress over the last year. He touched many more lives than he will ever know and he will always be remembered for his great smile and kindness. He will help us all become better doctors and better people, helping the greater good as he did. I am truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

God be with you !

Our heart felt condolences to the Partha family. I am sure Vinay is now in a better abode. He made a huge mark with the Asian Indian Community in the US & India with a successful bone marrow drive. Vinay will never be forgotten. Let the soul rest in everlasting peace. Regards - Kalleshs

My thoughts are with Vinay

I first saw Vinay on the PBS special a few months ago. That night, immediately I went on and logged on to his website. I have been following Vinay's site closely every since and I had bookmarked it on my computer. I even registered with the National Donor Marrow Program two weeks ago. Even though I have never met him or his family, I feel like I know him. I admire his energy and spirit and his desire to help people.

I am so sorry to hear this news at the moment. I cannot believe my eyes. I am still in shock.

Very sorry to hear about vinay

Dear Partha
I'm very sorry to hear this...i've been following vinay's website very closely. Hope god will give u strength to live thru this. Pls do convey my condolenses to rashmi and your whole family.
Lakshmi

May Vinay's soul rest in peace

Shocked to hear the news. My heartfelt condolences to Rashmi and Vinay's and Rashmi's family. May Lord Sai Muruga give u strength to overcome this grief and irrecoverable loss!!

SAI RAM SAI RAM SAIRAM

My deepest condolences...and heartfelt prayers to you all...

I'm so saddened to hear about this...Vinay was a true hero in his fight. Rashmi - my condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers...

Priya

Our Deepest Condolencess

To Vinay's family: Our heartfelt condolences. Vinay pioneered the cause to get more south Asian volunteers to the bone marrow program and we have immensely benefited from this. We pray for God to give you the strength to endure this.

Our deepest condolences and

Our deepest condolences and prayers are with the family!!!!!!

May you rest in peace and God Bless!