Amit has helped the world tremendously. Now it's time for us to help him.
Amit has changed the world with his actions and through the people he has inspired. Anyone who knows him will tell you that he is one of the most special people they know. Rarely will you find an individual with such a combination of warmth, charm, and tenacity.
Amit has Acue Myeloid Leukemia. He was diagnosed in late September, but already so much has happened. He’s undergoing chemotherapy now at Connecticut’s Smilow Cancer Center in Yale-New Haven Hospital, near his family.
To aid him in his fight, Amit is going to need a bone marrow transfusion. Unlike blood transfusions, finding a genetic match for bone marrow that his body will accept is no easy task. The national bone marrow registry has 9.5 million records on file, yet the chances of someone from South Asian descent of finding a match are only 1 in 20,000.
This is where we come in. We’re going to destroy those odds.
How? By finding and registering as many people of South Asian descent as we possibly can.
Tests are easy– a simple swab of the cheek. If you end up being a match, you could literally save Amit's life, or the life or someone else!
That’s why, starting now, we are encouraging everyone, but particularly those of South Asian descent between the ages of 18 to 60, to take a test to see if you’re a match.
You can register online for your test, or, if you’re in New York, you can join us Friday, October 14th, for a special party we are throwing to rally support.
We’ll have test kits on hand at the party, as well as music, booze, and maybe even a photo booth. It will, for the first time, combine a House 2.0-style party with a New Work City-style party, and if you’ve ever been to either, you know they are always something special.
Even if you can’t make it to the party to join the registry, you can still help.
While you don't have to pay to join the registry, the total cost of adding a new member is around $100. We want to do our part to pay for the tests we will be sending in, so donate whatever you can here! Your contribution will make it possible for more people to join. Every gift brings us closer to the goal of making life-saving transplants available to all who need them.
You can also help by reaching out to any South Asian friends you know and asking them to spread the word to their friends and relatives.
Minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow registry, and we need your help to change that.
Amit is doing everything he can to fight his cancer, but he needs our support. Let's help him defeat this thing so he can be here for years to come. The world is a vastly better place with Amit Gupta in it.
Direct link to the party: http://brownbones.eventbrite.com
Help spread the word on Facebook: http://facebook.com/event.php?eid=268285533204616
About Be the Match
Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow transplant by raising funds to add more potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry.
By supporting me, you will help raise funds for patients in need of an unrelated marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Together we have the potential to truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of men, women and children in need of a life-saving transplant.
What does Be The Match do?
Be The Match works to provide hope and deliver a second chance at life to patients by:
* Recruiting and supporting potential donors: To connect patients with donors, Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — nearly 8 million marrow donors and nearly 100,000 cord blood units. Donors can turn to their Donor Advocacy Program for support throughout the donation process.
* Supporting patients: To help patients access treatment, Be The Match offers financial support and educational resources.
* Educating doctors: Referring physicians can turn to Be The Match for information about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant.
* Advancing science: Be The Match's research programs have advanced the science of bone marrow and cord blood transplant, from better matching the right donor to the right patient for improving post-transplant treatment.
Why you should help
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from people like us so that it can further its mission. Proceeds will help add more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. I hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!