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Saving Manish – A plea to all who are reading this

Friday, October 31, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Manish is a 34 year old ex-BITSian in Texas who is struggling with Leukemia which is a terminal illness; he is the only earning member in his family and would love to see his kids grow up. His only chance of survival is a marrow transplant for which he is waiting for a match while at an ICU where he has contracted an infection. The chances of a match are highest amongst South Asians and even in that group the odds are 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 200,000. There is no bone marrow registry in places like India and somebody with leukemia there would also need to get matched at a country like US which has a registry.

South Asians comprise only 2 % of the 6 million people registered in the National Bone Marrow Registry in US and we are part of a world wide drive to get people between the ages of 18 and 60 years registered so that we can help Manish and many others like him. Do go on for details. If you register and you're a match for somebody, you have the right to refuse a donation; you also have the power to save a life.

We pray that you could help us out by...

1. Attending on-going drives (listed on and register for a match; this is a simple process and you can be evaluated through a Q-tip test at any drive for free (or can get a kit online).

2. Volunteering for ongoing drives!

3. Organizing drives in any South Asian gathering of 200 or more in your area. We are trying to extend drives to UK, Australia and other places in USA. Please help. Organizing a drive is simple, you need permission for the drive from the event organizers, you need to contact somebody from Team Manish (please look below) and you need a couple of volunteers, Team Manish will get somebody from the National Bone Marrow Registry to come over with kits during the event. You can do it! It took Vijay a couple of days to organize a drive in New Jersey!

4. Spreading the word. Please email this to your contacts. Even if you are in a country where there is no bone marrow registry (like India), please spread the word around and encourage people in those countries with a bone marrow registry to come forward. Even your non-BITSian friends who feel for his cause could also contribute and save not only Manish's life but possibly others too.

Team Manish


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