A Marvin Ridge High School student has been named one of North Carolina’s top two youth volunteers.
Manasvi Koul, 18, founded the LivEbeyond Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates people about becoming bone marrow donors. So far, she has signed up more than 100 volunteers to assist in recruiting donors. Four years ago, the Marvin Ridge senior needed a bone marrow transplant to fight cancer but couldn’t find a match. Instead, she underwent an alternative treatment, which proved successful.
“Surviving one relapse is truly a miracle,” Koul said. “When I got well, I knew I needed to do something for others, not because I wanted to but because I had to.”
Koul connected with the National Marrow Donors Program and started donor drives, while making presentations. She now has a hundred volunteers in four chapters of her foundation in the United States and Canada, and they have recruited more than 100 potential donors.
As a state honoree, Koul will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expenses paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join volunteers from other states for several days of national recognition.