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On the first day of 2016, resolve to save a life!

Calling all South Asians!  Come one come all!  

What:  Be a part of Be the Match!  Please sign up at a recruitment drive to register for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).  Register yourself as a potential bone marrow donor and give the gift of life to someone suffering from blood cancer.

It has never been easier to donate bone marrow.  With very little discomfort and no risk or cost to the donor, here is your chance to save a life.  

Where:  Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, 450 Persian Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94089

When:  January 1st, 2016.  12:00 noon to 4:00PM

Why:  Calling all people of South Asian descent to come forward and register for the national Be the Match Registry.  According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, every nine minutes, blood cancer takes an innocent life.  This is partially because no match is found for a life-saving bone marrow transplant.  If a person of South Asian descent needs a bone marrow transplant, the chances of them finding a match is only 50-70% (as opposed to 95% for Caucasians), and the chances of the match agreeing to donate is only 50% (as opposed to 85% for Caucasians).  Fortunately, you can help by registering at our drive.

How:  Registering is very simple.  You must be between the ages of 18 and 44.  In less than 10 minutes, we can help you fill out forms about your basic contact information and you give us a DNA sample in the form of a cheek swab. All information you give us is completely confidential.  Be the Match registry will contact you and confirm your registration in 2 to 4 weeks.  Your information stays on the registry until you are 61 years of age during which time, if someone matching your tissue type needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant, you will be called to request a donation.

Who:  Rhea Modi, a Senior Girl Scout with Troop 60321, SU 608, and a sophomore at a local high school in Cupertino, is running a series of bone marrow recruitment drives in the Bay Area.  She is doing this community service as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.  Rhea is sponsored by SAMAR(South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters) which is affiliated with Be the Match (supported by the NMDP).

We hope to see you there!

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Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...