9 Oct 2011 4 pm eastern

Help Amit defeat leukemia.

ON THURSDAY, AMIT GUPTA, the kind-hearted and extremely talented creator of Photojojo and the Jelly co-working community, announced that he has leukemia and needs South Asian bone marrow to survive. Finding it will be tough, as South Asians are grossly underrepresented in the national bone marrow registry. Friends of Amit’s around the world are working to help him beat the odds. If you are of South Asian ancestry and between the ages of 18 and 60, please register online for a quick and easy test that will determine your ability to donate marrow, or attend a benefit party in New York City this Friday, October 14.

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3 Responses to “Help Amit defeat leukemia.”

  1. Robert Dundon said on

    Praying. I’m not South Asian, but I can do that!

    And spread the word!

  2. velda said on

    Here’s a vote for registering whether you’re of South Asian descent or not. The registration process is quick and painless … all you have to do is swab the inside of your cheek and send the sample kit back. Or just keep your eyes open and register in person.

    The registry has more information on the matching process, in case anyone is curious:
    http://www.marrow.org/Patient/Transplant_Process/Search_Process/HLA_Matching__Finding_the_Best_Donor_or_Cord_Blood_Unit.aspx

    Your chances of actually being someone’s match are slim, but if you are the match someone needs, their chance at life without you is all the slimmer. Much love to the man who registered more than 18 years before getting the call to save my nephew. I hope I get to pay it forward someday.

  3. Chris said on

    I’m very sorry to hear that. You really find out who your friends are when times are tough. I wish you all the luck in the world and I’m sure you have lots of good friends. All the best Amit!!

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