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Updated with a list of bone marrow drives in the area.

Each year thousands of people, many of them shockingly young, are diagnosed with blood related terminal illnesses. To them, a bone marrow transplant offers the only chance of survival.

Sonia Rai of Los Angeles, CA, 24 years old, is one of them. She is a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, a friend, and far too young to lose her life to leukemia.

Currently, South Asians and minorities in general are vastly underrepresented on the National Marrow Donor Registry, as a result of which the patients in need have only 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a match. It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. If one of your loved ones were to receive this devastating diagnosis tomorrow, wouldn’t you want better than 1 in 20,000 odds of finding a match?

To improve the odds for South Asian leukemia patients, the CureSonia campaign is on a mission to increase the number of South Asians and other minorities registered with the national marrow donor registry, to give Sonia and others like her better hope for survival.

Registration entails only a form and cheek swab – 10 min of your time.  No blood test needed at time of registration. Must be between 18-60 yrs old to join. If you are contacted as a potential donor for Sonia or someone else in the future, the marrow donation process is far simpler and less painful than you think. There are 2 possible methods of bone marrow donation, through the hip bone or via blood stem cells. 75% of the time your stem cells would be taken from your blood—no surgery required.

Yes – it is THAT easy to save someone’s life! What greater purpose in one’s life than to give life to another?

Visit www.curesonia.org for more info and a list of upcoming registration drives in your neighborhood.
List of the marrow/stem cell drives:

Jan 18 to 21 (Tues to Fri)
UC Berkeley @ Sproul Plaza
Telegraph Ave And Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tues to Thurs: 11am – 3pm
Friday: 12pm – 4pm
Cure Sonia volunteers (Wed and Thurs)

Jan 22, 2011 (Sat)
Cross Fit Krav Maga Gym, SF
1455 Bust Street, San Francisco CA 94109
10am – 2pm

Jan 22, 2011 (Sat)
Chinmaya Mission (Washington High School)
38442 Fremont Blvd, Fremont CA 94536
1pm – 4pm
Cure Sonia volunteers

Jan 23, 2011 (Sun)
Chinmaya Mission (Lincoln High School)
555 Dana Ave, San Jose CA 95126
9am – 12pm

Jan 22, 2011 (Sat)
Indian Community Center, Milpitas
525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
9am – 12pm

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