Join the bone marrow registry; save this man's life
- on October 13, 2011
Last year, Lawrence held a bone marrow drive to help save a local doctor's life.
I couldn't help but think of that as I was working with this story out of New York of a man who needs a bone marrow match and has incredibly low odds of finding one. While Lawrence's Dr. Rod Barnes is in an ethnic group that comprises a large portion of the registry, Amit Gupta's most likely matches make up less than one percent of the national bone marrow registry. And so far, none of them will match Gupta.
When he was diagnosed with leukemia, it seemed like a death sentence. But his friends are trying to use social media to get more people registered to be bone marrow donors and find that one person who could be the donor Gupta needs. One man has even offered up $10,000 to anyone who registers and is a match — whether they donate or not.
Anyway, full disclosure, the article I linked to here goes to my current employer. If you didn't hear, I left Lawrence a few weeks ago for a new job at Public Radio International. But as I was working with this story this morning, I couldn't help but think of how the Lawrence community rallied around Barnes in an effort to find his match.
I thought maybe they could help this man as well. And besides, even Mario Chalmers wants you to register.