Appeal for South Asian bone marrow donors for Amit Gupta

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16 Responses to “Appeal for South Asian bone marrow donors for Amit Gupta”

  1. If you are interested, you may try to see if the good folks at the National Marrow Registry can help.

    I’m already registered there along with a lot of others. Perhaps, there is already a perfect match in that database. Tests and such are done before donors are listed.

    Good Luck!


    • snowmentality says:

      The link to get a free test by mail goes to the National Marrow Registry website, so I assume that’s who they’re working with, and they’ve checked the existing donors already.

      I’m on that registry, but I’m of entirely European descent — and so are most of their registered donors. They have really been trying to register more donors of other types of descent.

      Good thoughts going out to Amit. May he find the perfect marrow match!

  2. Amit Varia says:

    If you’re in Chicago, you can join NetIP Chicago’s Bone Marrow Drive on 10/20 -

  3. I’m also in the registry.  It IS very easy.  Painless.  Free.  And could save someone’s life.  DO IT!

  4. dmatos says:

    For Canadians, the marrow and stem cell donor program is

    Same deal.  Answer a questionnaire and swab your cheeks.  Easy and painless, and if you do match as a donor, you have the opportunity at that point to decide whether or not to donate.

  5. alephxero says:

    I’m homozygous for Factor V Leiden, so I’m apparently not eligible to donate marrow.  I am somewhat surprised that racial descent is such a major factor in compatibility, though.

    • Baydin Inc says:

      Yup, they are looking for genetic match. So your siblings are at the top of the list, then you go down to cousins, parents, extended families etc. That’s why the race is a huge factor.  A white guy has about 0% chance of matching genetically to a south asian. 

  6. kcmpls says:

    I’m on the registry too, and remind my facebook and twitter friends at least monthly how easy it is to join. Unfortunately, I have a lot of gay friends or friends who have had sex with a man who has had sex with a man, and they are not eligible to donate blood or bone marrow.

  7. brerrabbit23 says:

    I’ve had the privilege of working with LOTS of people of Indian/Bangladeshi descent, and shot a note (and the link) out to everyone I have in my LinkedIn, just now.

    I’m registered for marrow donation through the Red Cross, but I’m a Euro dude. :(

  8. arp says:

    I’ve got Multiple sclerosis, not eligible to donate until recently we couldn’t donate blood either… some places still don’t let us.

  9. Sheel Mohnot says:

    In Chicago there is also an event on October 13th where we’ll be doing a drive for Amit:

  10. Robin goodfellow says:

    It’s great that there’s a drive for Amit, and that you all are registered(I’m ineligible or I would be).   But I really hope that this helps more than just 1 person and that they’re also trying to match everyone tested to other recipients as well. 

  11. Deepti Limaye says:

    I’m Indian, and just signed up for Canada’s bone marrow matching program! Best wishes to Amit.

  12. robot_makes_music says:

    South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters.

  13. Angus says:

    Same applies to the number of donors of African descent. In the UK The African Caribbean Leukaemia Tust ( campaigns to increase the number of such donors.

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