Manasvi Koul of Marvin, a Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honoree last year, is among 16 finalists in Glamour magazines Readers Choice Awards for inspiring young women. Manasvi, 19, who graduated from Marvin Ridge High last year, was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system when she was 12. She needed a transplant, but there was no match for her in the World Bone Marrow Registry.
She eventually received a transplant of her own stem cells. Complications forced her into 20 months of chemotherapy and radiation.
Although Manasvi survived, she can never receive a transplant, even if there is a match in the future. So she created the LIVEbeyond Foundation at age 16 to educate, motivate and recruit bone marrow donors. In two years, she registered more than 500 people.
The public can vote online for its favorites: http://glmr.me/Peyol5. The winner will receive a write-up and photo in an upcoming issue of Glamour and a trip to the magazines Women of the Year Awards ceremony in New Yorks Carnegie Hall Nov. 12.