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Help @superamit defeat Leukemia!

Help Amit Defeat Leukemia

Amit, the super rad creator of Photojojo and Jelly, recently learned that he has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Finding a genetic match that his body will accept is difficult — the chances of someone of South Asian descent finding a match in the national bone marrow registry are only 1 in 20,000.

Here's how you can help:

  1. If you're of South Asian ancestry, get a free test by mail to determine your ability to donate marrow. You'll rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back.
  2. If you’re in NYC, attend a benefit party this Friday, October 14.
  3. Organize a donor drive near you by dropping an email to 100k Cheeks and they’ll send you kits, flyers, tell you what to say, and make the whole process easy.
  4. If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), encourage them to get a test and contact Amit.

Flickr, TechCrunch, Boing Boing and others are helping spread the word, Seth Godin has offered $10k for the first certified match, and Michael Galpert of Aviary has matched his offer. If you’re a match, the donation involves an outpatient procedure. Help Amit defeat Leukemia!

#friends, #good, #nycKrystyn Heide