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On September 11, 2002 alumna Dani Shotel ’98 was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. She is 26 years old, and is currently a teacher of preschool children with developmental disabilities in Arlington, Virginia. She has been told that her only chance for her survival is a bone marrow transplant that has been scheduled for mid-January. Dani will travel to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington for this procedure and will be in Seattle with a required caregiver for a minimum of three months.

Friends from the classes of ’96, ’97, ’98, and ’99 are organizing a fund drive to help cover the estimated $80,000 in costs not covered by insurance. Alumni leading the fund drive are: Kelly Butterfield ‘97, Melissa Carnahan ‘98, Amy Hessels ‘99, Marisa De Zego Khachaturian ‘98, Adam Khachaturian ’98, Liz Lichtman ‘98, Kat Palotta ‘98, Harry Psilopoulos ‘98, Topher Patterson ‘98, and Matt Schapiro ‘96.

The National Transplant Assistance Fund is accepting donations for Dani Shotel and will administer the fund. To contribute, make your check payable to NTAF Bone Marrow Transplant Fund for Dani Shotel, and mail to: NTAF Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, Suite 230, 347 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Credit card donations are accepted at 1-800-642-8399; for online contributions go to

If you wish to send Dani your best wishes, get more details, or find out how you might be able to help, you can reach her at

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