Help Baby Nirali

Baby Nirali needs your help.
Help save baby Nirali Naik’s life.

In October 2004, we featured “Hoping for a Match” in which we addressed the dire need for more South Asians to join the bone marrow registry. Megan Jacob, the lovely 22-year-old we profiled in the piece, suffered from Hodgkin’s disease. Alongside receiving chemotherapy treatments, Megan spent much of her time campaigning for South Asians to join the National Marrow Donor Program. Sadly, Megan never received the transplant that could have saved her life—she died in November 2005.

But there are thousands of other South Asians who still need your help. One of them is baby Nirali Naik, an 18-month-old suffereing from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy but needs a marrow transplant from an Indian donor to avoid relapse. Unfortunately, South Asian donors are grossly underrepresented in the donor registry.

But you can help! Join the NMDP registry—you could provide a life-saving match for baby Nirali or numerous others. Remember, bone marrow donation has no long-term side effects. The simple procedure, which entails drawing a bit of blood or getting an oral swab, is free for minority races (such as South Asians).

Check out an upcoming donor drive today.

August 22, 2006
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  1. August 22, 2006, 9:37 am the text obscured · are you brown?

    […] If so, please consider getting on the National Bone Marrow Registry. See our full post about this at the Nirali Magazine Weblog. […]