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This article was published on October 7, 2011

    Help Amit defeat Cancer with a cheek swab and #BrownBones

    Help Amit defeat Cancer with a cheek swab and #BrownBones
    Drew Olanoff
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    Drew Olanoff

    Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for onlin Drew Olanoff was The Next Web's West Coast Editor. He coined the phrase "Social Good" and invented the "donation by action" model for online charitable movements. He founded #BlameDrewsCancer. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, or email [email protected]

    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