Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Folks - see if you can help this person...

Vinay Chakravarthy, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in November 2006. He's been through four rounds of chemotherapy which ended in March. Like all other blood cancer patients, he is in urgent need of a marrow/blood cell transplant.

Since Vinay is Indian, there is a greater likelihood of finding a match among the same population as we share similar genes (genetic markers). Hence, it is important that as many Indians (or South Asians) join the Bone Marrow Registry to maximize Vinay's chances of finding a suitable donor. Going through the National Bone Marrow Registry in this country is a great way for most people to find a match but its extremely difficult if you are South Asian. So please, come lend a helping hand and register your blood with the national registry in hopes of being a perfect match!

If you want to hear more about Vinay, please visit this website. It has a lot of information on Vinay's condition, the drives to find donors, the marrow donation process and also about people who have donated so far.

Request you to help in whatever way possible. You could either register yourself, ask your friends to do the same or simply spread the news. Even if you are not in the US, please forward the information to people you know in the US.


1 comment:

Preet said...

Hi I,

Thanxs for the advice.
Your blog has been a motivation to a lot of applicants.

I have decided to not apply to Harvard and Kellog this year.

I have decided to go ahead with Stern in R2 because this school profile is more towards my ultimate goal.

If I change my mind after first hand experience of R1 I may decide to apply to Harvard.

Have a great time at Chicago.
Keep in touch and keep blogging.
Thanks again.