Birch Bay boy helps organize children’s fundraiser

Published on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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RishiA benefit concert organized by a 9-year-old Birch Bay boy who underwent a kidney transplant in 2006 will raise money to help other children with health issues.

The concert and art show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 at the Amadeus Project at 1209 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.

Rishi Nair was born on May 12, 2001 with kidneys that would never grow. Prior to his transplant in 2006, donated by his mother, he lived through extensive and cumbersome daily medical intervention and attention.

His mother, Mary Lyn, said her son now lives a full, happy life and has abundant energy to devote to learning to play musical instruments and write songs and poetry.

“He has a mission to bring out the soul through music,” Nair said of her son, now age 9.

After his recovery, the family created Rishi’s Gift Foundation to raise money to benefit special needs children and help them experience joy, Nair said. So far, the organization has donated more than $200,000 to Children’s Hospital in Seattle and benefit local children including a 9-year-old with osteoporosis and  another who struggles with diabetes.

The event will include musical performances by Rishi and art by his sister, Shanti, 14.

Individuals interested in donating to Rishi’s Gift Foundation can contact Mary Lyn Nair at 224-0751. For more information, visit