I got a call from my doctor, who I’d gone to see the day before because I’d been feeling worn out and was losing weight, and wasn’t sure why. He was brief:

“Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia.
You need to enter treatment right away.”

I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.

I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. South Asians are severely under-represented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.

Here's how you can help...

South Asians

Join a marrow registry in the United States, India, or elsewhere. It takes just a few minutes to sign up, and you can be the one to save a life.

Modern marrow donations are painless (like giving blood).

Everyone

Organize a donor registry drive
If you can obtain a venue, we can help you with the rest.

Contribute financially
Make a financial contribution so we can register more people.

There are also other ways to help. If you want more info, please check out our FAQ.

Hey!

It's not too late to help us fund donor drives in India.

Each donor test kit costs about $25. We're trying to cover the costs for hundreds of new donors to sign up.

News &
Updates

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Posters
& Flyers

Some very talented and generous designers made these posters, which you can use to help host and promote bone marrow donor drives. If you're designing your own poster, feel free to use these photos of Amit. If you have a poster or photo you'd like to share, please send it in.

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