October 7, 2011

There’s been a recent outpouring of support for Amit Gupta all over the internet. Background: Amit was diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Now there’s this tremendous push (especially those of South Asian background) to get tested to see if you’re a match. It feels like it’s everywhere now.

It’s one of those things that makes me love the Internet.

It also got me thinking – how many people have been in Amit’s position, but didn’t have his presence on the Internet. Because, when it boils down to it, he’s definitely got some friends who are reaching way more people than the normal person.

On one hand, it doesn’t matter because the more people who join the registry to help Amit, the more people who are in the registry next time. On the other hand, how many people who are testing to help a specific person would be willing to be a bone marrow donor for a stranger? If only bone marrow were as simple as blood donations. But it’s not. It’s an outpatient procedure, and it will entail a small recovery time. Would the fact that it’s incredibly difficult to find a match pressure you to donate? Would you do it?

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