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It is estimated, there are about 20 Lac people with kidney failure in our country and around 2 Lac more are added to these figures every year. It is a similar situation in cases of those suffering from failure of heart, liver, pancreas, eyes etc.
To provide hope and help to these 'Organ Failure Patients' and bring new lease of life to them, Mr. Nilesh Mandlewala has dedicated his life for this noble cause since 2005.
In January 2006, he got first cadaver donor from Ashaktashram Hospital, Surat and his organs were transplanted to the patient at Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Center (IKDRC) Ahmedabad, thus he become instrumental for the first ever INTERCITY cadaver transplantation in Gujarat.
With his vision, passion, convincing power, commitment and dedication to organ donation activities, he achieved several milestones in this field, through his persuasion he has been able to procure 480 Kidneys, 207 Livers, 8 Pancreas, 48 Hearts, 40 Lungs, 4 Hands & 377 Cornea, and a total of 1165 Organs and Tissue donations which gave new lease of life and vision to 1069 organ failure patients in our country and globe.
His dedication towards mankind is such that he even sacrifices the celebrations and occasions of joy of his own family and himself as he would go without any second thought of the weather or time, just to convince the relatives of the brain dead patients at any location. He makes sure that organs of the cadaver donors reach on time, in good condition and definitely at the right place.
His service is so selfless that in spite his father being kidney failure patient, he never attempted to obtain kidney for him. He is a one man force relentlessly working for others only.
Coming from a non-medical background his relentless work and commitment in the area of Cadaver Organ Donation is of National Significance and unparallel in the history of India.
Also taking it upon himself to educate and spread awareness to more than 10 lac people on Cadaver organ donation.
Mr. Sandeep Kumar is an officer of the 1989 batch of the Indian Revenue Services (IRS) and belongs to the city of Varanasi. He has completed his post-graduation in Ancient History from Allahabad University and has also studied Sanskrit Literature and Hindi Literature.
In 2013, Surat's Income Tax Commissioner (Appeals) Mr. Sandeep Kumar's (IRS) kidney failed. His family members were ready to donate their kidneys to him but because they were ailing from different diseases like blood pressure, kidney stones they could not do so. The doctor who was performing the dialysis of Mr, Sandeep Kumar - Dr. Ketan Desai and CA Hiren Divan approached Mr. Mandlewala for a kidney transplant. Sandeep Kumar's dialysis began at Ahmedabad IKDRC. After some time when Mr. Sandeep Kumar got a cadaver organ donation and underwent a kidney transplant, he decided to dedicate the rest of his life for the cause of organ donation. Today he is the Vice-President of Donate Life.
Despite having his kidney transplanted in August 2013, he has taken the keen interest in the activity of organ donation with Mr. Nilesh Mandlewala and has been the motivator for the formation of Donate Life. He is a strong force that forms the backbone of Donate Life. He has gone through the process of kidney transplantation himself and understands how difficult it is for a person who goes through that phase. It is because of his support that the establishment of Donate Life has become possible. As he underwent a kidney transplant himself, he didn't want others to go through the pain that he felt. It is because of him that Donate Life could take the first steps to make this world a better place to live in. His spirit of service is commendable. He has also been involved in many social activities and in the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden. His motto of life is as said by Mahatma Gandhi: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
After working in various capacities in the Income Tax Department at various places like Delhi, Kanpur, Agra, Mumbai, Surat, he is presently posted as Commissioner of Income Tax at Delhi. During his career, he has dealt with and solved a number of difficult and complex cases of revenue. One of his major achievements has been the handling of Harshad Mehta Security Scam matters wherein the revenue of about two thousand crore rupees was collected by him. He has vast experience of dealing the cases of the film industry and has also contributed the study material on how to investigate and make assessments of the persons belonging to the film industry, which was circulated in the income tax department as a guidance material.
He is an avid reader and has an excellent knowledge of Indian history and culture. During his free time, loves capturing different moods of life through a passion for photography, and plays sports like table-tennis, badminton and cricket.
Mr. Rakesh Jain is an established businessman and engaged in the business of chemicals at Surat. He is also a well-known social worker following the footsteps of his father, Shri Mithalal Jain.
He accompanies Mr. Mandlewala even during odd hours-sometimes even in the middle of the night-when Donate Life gets a call from a hospital for cadaver organ donation. He is always there to make sure that the process of organ donation is done successfully.
Medicine is something that every human needs in the 21st century. And rising medical costs are the reason for worry, where most people cannot afford it. Mr. Jain has been giving services in providing medical treatments to the needy people.
He is Executive Core Committee Chairman of Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce (SGCCI), Surat. He is also associated with many trade and social organisations.
He is a practising Chartered Accountant at Surat for last 30 years. He was chairman of Surat branch of Institute of Charted Accountants of India in the year 1992. He has been associated with a number of social and trade organizations.
He is a renowned practising advocate of Indirect Taxes at Surat for last 30 years. He is a trustee of India Charity Trust and Ethics Committee Medical. He is Chairman of VAT committee in Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) since last 4 years. His zeal for social work and public service has led him to join Donate Life.
Mr. Desai is available 24x7 whenever Donate Life gets a call for organ donation. He has been helping Mr. Mandlewala continuously to make sure that the process of organ donation; right from organ harvesting to organ transfer is done smoothly. His efforts are valuable to Donate Life.
A renowned practising Charted Accountant at Surat, Mr. Hiren Diwan is also a well-known social worker at Surat. He is a past chairman of Surat branch of The Institute of Charted Accountants of India. He is a pioneer trustee of the well-known eye hospital "Tarpan". He is the treasurer of Traffic Education Trust, Surat. He is public-spirited and is engaged in various social initiatives.
He is a businessman and lives in Agra. He has completed his graduation in commerce from Agra University. He is running the businesses concerns namely Archie's gallery and Auto CAD centre. He is a social worker and actively involved in the activities of social service through various NGOs of the city.
‘Your Actions Define You, Not Your Words’
One finger alone cannot do much but five fingers together form a fist. That is the power of a team and we strongly believe in teamwork at Donate Life.
So far, since the date of our establishment, we have been able to achieve success in carrying out organ transfers and transplantation only because of our team of founder trustees and our volunteers who have selflessly devoted time for this cause.
This would not have been possible without the noble Samaritans who have dedicated a lot more than just time and energy to help humanity.
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