Some of you may have heard of this, but there’s a SF-based entrepreneur named Amit Gupta who has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia (AML, to be precise.) He’s currently undergoing intense chemotherapy. After he is done, his greatest chance of surviving will come if he is able to get a bone marrow transplant. That means he needs to find a match in the bone marrow registry within the next 13 days. However, since he is Indian, there is very little chance that he will find a match.
I don’t know Amit personally, but I have been following him online for a long time. He is known for having such a warm personality and always being super-kind to everyone. He’s made a lot of friends because of that. Ever since he got diagnosed about a month ago, his friends are making a strong push to save his life by trying to find a match for him to donate bone marrow. Oh and some of his friends are pretty big too. See here:
There’s also a $20,000 gift for whoever turns out to be a match for Amit. People all around the country are organizing blood drives and pushing their Indian friends to join the registry. (i.e. to take a swab from the inside of their cheek).
We at Berkeley have the potential to make a HUGE difference for this cause, and we should do what we can to get as many people as we can, especially South Asians, to join the bone marrow registry. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to join, and the actual transplant procedure is painless.