Amit Gupta is a great guy. He also has Acute Leukemia. He needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. He is of South Asian descent, which means that his chances of finding a match for a donation are very, very slim.
Find out more about Amit here.
Please help! Join the National Bone Marrow Registry - especially if you are South Asian, but even if you are not. It is free and easy, and you could be the one to save someone's life.
I know... it seems like a long shot. You are really busy. The holidays are coming up. And probably lots of other people are joining the match as a result of this drive for Amit, so you don't have to put it on your to-do list, right?
Here's the thing about bone marrow transplants: they can be really dangerous for the recipient. So, because of that, the best chance of the transplant working - and curing the patient's disease - is to have the donor's unique biological markers match as closely as possible to the recipient's. YOU have your very own, one-of-a-kind concoction of genetic products that no one else in the world has. YOU, and only you, could have just the genes that could save somebody's life.
I joined the registry almost nine years ago... and this past April I got a call that I could be a match for a 55-year old man with multiple myeloma. I don't know anything else about him. I donated in August. I don't know how that patient is doing since his transplant, or even if it worked. I might never know. But I do know that it was a total blessing and a great privilege to donate and to have been given even a chance to save someone's life (and maybe someone's husband's life, someone's brother's life, someone's dad's life, too.)