Shravan Kalahasthy, a senior at Centerville High School, was recognized with a Youth Service Award from the LaSertoma Club of Dayton for his efforts encouraging others to join the National Marrow Donor Program.
His work began about three years ago after his mother, an oncologist, explained that a number of patients were dying because they couldn’t find matching marrow donors. Kalahasthy’s goal is simple – get more people to sign up on the national registry.
“It’s very, very simple to join the registry,” said Kalahasthy, who plans to study finance in college. “You could potentially save a life without doing much.”
Kalahasthy started by attending local events to educate people about marrow donations and assist those age 18 and older in signing up for the national registry. So far, 742 people have registered as a result of his work.
Because of his efforts, Kalahasthy was selected to represent the greater Dayton area in contending for LaSertoma Club’s international service award. Each public and private high school in Montgomery and Preble Counties could recommend one student to receive the honor, and 26 area students were recognized by Dayton LaSertoma during a banquet earlier this year.
For those who are interested in learning more about the National Marrow Donor Program, Kalahasthy recommends visiting bethematch.org.
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