Still Hoping for a Match

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Above: Vinay and his wife. Below: Sameer and his wife.

Megan Jacob didn’t make it.

Varun Bhaskaran didn’t make it.

Nirali Naik didn’t make it.

Neither did countless others.

In 2004, we first wrote about the lack of South Asian bone marrow donors, and we’ve continued to bring you updates and impassioned pleas. Today Vinay Chakravarthy and Sameer Bhatia are just two more South Asians who need our help. But there are dozens others out there, and they can all benefit from an increased number of South Asians on the National Marrow Donor Program registry.

If you haven’t already been registered, please do so. The easiest way is to attend a drive in your area. For a complete list of upcoming drives, visit the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters Web site. There are also drives listed on Vinay’s site.

If you can’t get to a drive in your area, request a donor kit from the NMDP. Don’t delay—you could help save a life.

July 2, 2007
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  1. July 4, 2007, 1:16 am Shena

    It’s not enough to register to donate the bone marrow – you must have the courage to come forward and donate the bone marrow if you are found to be a match! Recently, I found out the terribly disgusting news that in many of these South Asian cases, the registry has found matches but the “donor” has declined to actually go through with the procedure… these people don’t need to be toyed with and given false hope!!! I’m not in the medical field so I couldn’t tell you what it would be like to go through with the procedure – but I will tell you that you have the opportunity to save a life and that is a great act of humanity.