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
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.
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!
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.
-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.