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WANTED: Brown Bones Benefit Party

Friends of Amit

Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM (EDT)

WANTED: Brown Bones Benefit Party

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Thanks for coming, everyone! Check the recap here to see photos from the party and other ways you can help!


Update: The best source of information on how to help is here: 


How to register to be tested - How to organize your own donor drive - Information for international donors & organizers - Other ways you can help - FAQ


Donate to support the cost of test kits here!

Thanks to the fine folks at StackExchange, Cookies.com, and Brooklyn Brewery for their support!

Our friend Amit Gupta, one of the nicest and most amazing people we know, has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. He urgently needs to find someone who can donate bone marrow to help him in his fight!

To fight leukemia, he needs matching bone marrow. Despite 9.5 million people on the National Registry, South Asians are severely underrepresented.  The odds for an Indian minority finding a match in the registry are 1 in 20,000.


How can you help?  

1. The most important thing you can do is get anyone you know of South Asian descent to get tested.
The test is super fast, easy, and painless. If you're in New York, come to New Work City for a party Friday, October 14. If you can't make it, you can register online!
We are gathering all eligible who can commit to becoming a donor for a party. Come in costume (it's October!), fill out some paperwork, get a painless cheek swab, snap a pic in the photobooth, and party with us!  

Because the mysteries of DNA matching encourage participants of subcontinental geographic ancestry, please bring as many of your South Asian friends as you can.  However, we welcome all shades of human to join us at our bone marrow drive!
We will have spirits, music, and registration kits galore.  Forward widely (especially to people in NYC)! RSVP here soon! Also on Facebook!

2. After spreading the word, donations to support the test costs will be a big help.

We are teaming up with SAMAR, awesome non-profit donor recruitment group, who will cover the $100 per person cost of lab tests and database maintenance.  If you're willing to cover all or part of cost for yourself or others, the donation is encouraged and appreciated.  Most importantly, cost should not deter anyone from registering.  

Already registered?  Awesome!  Bring friends to the party and help raise funds for the cause.

Can't attend? We'll miss you!  But you can still help.  Register to be a donor with Be the Match online.  Also, here is how to easily organize a drive in your area.

-Deedee, Isuru, Jackie, Miro, Nick, Rachel and Tony


Who are we?

We are friends and former roommates of Amit's. The donations are being run through New Work City, a coworking space and community center for independents inspired by Amit's work. We are all volunteering our time and resources to help our friend.

How donation works:

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and our Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.


If you can't attend our registration drive, you can sign up for a kit online.  It takes 5 minutes and they will mail the kit to your home. Another 5 minutes, mail it back and you are done.

If you are matched and proceed, there are two ways of donating.  Most donations do not involve surgery (peripheral blood cell donation), and take only an hour.  The second method (bone marrow donation) is a surgical procedure done under anesthesia. Typically, you'd get to go home on the day of the donation.   With the latter, there with some pain in their lower back for a few days afterwards.  Because only five percent or less of a donor's marrow is needed to save the patient's life, the donor's immune system stays strong and the cells replace themselves within four to six weeks.  In either case, there is little risk to donor and you remake what you give in couple of weeks.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers, from a long-running campaign in San Fransisco.

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When & Where

412 Broadway, Floor 2
New York, 10013-3594

Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Friends of Amit

This party is being put together by friends of Amit, mostly his former roommates at House 2.0. The party is being hosted by New Work City, a community coworking space that drew its original inspiration from one of Amit's projects. 

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