Leukemia is a cancer that corrupts blood cells, and marrow transfusion is needed for treatment.  Unlike blood donation, marrow type matching is complicated, and chances are low outside immediate family members.  Despite 9.5 million people on the National Marrow Donor Program, South Asians are severely under-represented.  The chances for a South Asian to find a basic match is merely 50% vs. 90% for the majority (a perfect match is harder to come by, and significantly increases transfusion success rate).

Come to our marrow registration party on:

Friday November 18, 2011
New Work City, 412 Broadway, Floor 2, NYC
Doors open at 6pm.  Party from 9pm.

Our partners will provide beer and snacks (Sigiri Sri Lankan), we will have music and dancing. Registration is super fast, easy, and painless (guidelines).

The mysteries of DNA matching encourage participants of subcontinental geographic ancestry, so please bring as many of your South Asian friends as you can.  We welcome all shades of human to join us at our bone marrow drive!

Forward widely (especially to people in/around NYC) and RSVP here soon!
Also on Facebook.

Amit Gupta and $30,000 Award

Amit Gupta, one of the nicest and most amazing people we know, has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. His friends (Seth Godin, Michael Galpert, and Jakob Lodwick) have pledged $10,000 each for the first marrow match to Amit Gupta (void where prohibited).


Financial Help

We are teaming up with SAMAR, the awesome, non-profit, donor recruitment group, and NMDP, who will cover the $100 per person cost of lab tests and database maintenance.  Any and all donations to cover this cost for yourself or others is encouraged and appreciated.  However, this cost should not deter anyone from registering. 

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

Who are we?  We are friends and former roommates of Amit’s.  Our last Brown Bones party was a huge success drawing 200 young South Asians and raising over $4,000 for test kits.  Along with tens of volunteers around the world we are DESTROYING THE ODDS for Amit and many others (as written up in NYTimes, Wired.com, NDTV, CNN and many more).  All donations go towards SAMAR and the National Marrow Donor Program.

How marrow 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 are matched, there are two ways of donating.
* 70% of donations do not involve surgery (peripheral blood cell donation), and take only about 3 hours.
* 30% of the time,  bone marrow is extracted with a needle while you are under anesthesia. Typically, you’d get to go home on the day of the donation.   Expect 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.

How many of us will ever have the opportunity to save the life of another human being? It is a rare gift for both the donor and the patient.  Join the registry now!

More Info: http://amitguptaneedsyou.com/