Help Amit defeat Cancer with a cheek swab and #BrownBones

Help Amit defeat Cancer with a cheek swab and #BrownBones

We wrote about our friend Amit Gupta aka @superamit, and his fight against Cancer. Friends and fans online have been coming to his aid, recording audio for him and sending him postcards.

Now one of his friends is making a way more important request. You see, Amit is going to need a bone marrow transfusion to battle leukemia, and not just any transfusion will do. Amit is of South Asian descent, and this is a minority underserved in bone marrow donations.

Tony Bacigalupo, who runs NYC coworking space New Work City asks you to help Amit now:

Tests are easy– a simple swab of the cheek. If someone is determined to be a match, that person would have to be willing to undergo an outpatient procedure in which marrow is extracted from bones in the back by a special needle. It’s not a fun procedure, but it’s not dangerous either. And doing it could save a life.

That’s why, starting now, we are encouraging anyone 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.

You can help Amit, and many others, by becoming a bone marrow donor. Visit Marrow.org today and get tested.

Having been through a bone marrow biopsy, I can confirm that it can be painful. The three minutes of pain however is well worth helping someone out, especially Amit. You can also help by sharing this link, perhaps a friend of yours will help too.

Thank you for the heads up @jacquelineslife

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