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Help Save a Life, Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive for Palo Alto Mom

Original post made by Melissa Baten Caswell, Crescent Park, on Dec 14, 2012

What: Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive
When: Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 2:00 pm-5:30 pm
Where: Palo Alto Unified School District Office

Dr. Nalini Ambady, a Palo Alto Mom and a Professor at Stanford University, is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant as a result of a relapse of her Leukemia.

Unfortunately, the pool of South Asians donors is relatively small making the likelihood of finding a match slim.

Please consider registering to become a possible donor that could save a life. Ypu could be the life saving match for Nalini or someone else battling Leukemia. Donor registration is quick and painless (just a swab on the inside of your cheek).

Can't make it to this event, but want to help? Go online to (use code Nalini)

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Posted by A. Neck Dote
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

It is my understanding that you have to be an EXACT match for the donation to take, otherwise the patient develops Graft vs Host disease. This happened to the daughter of a close friend. They were running out of time looking for a donor, could not find an exact one, and settled for one that was close but not exact as a last-ditch effort to save her. It prolonged her life, but not for long.

It is also my understanding that Asians, south Asians and Eastern Europeans do not believe in donating to non-family members. Is this still true, in this day and age? If there are no family members who match, and others of the same race refuse, is there any chance at all of finding a match in another race?

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Posted by village fool
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Wishing best of health, and luck in finding.
I have given a sample to "my" genetically relative group bank quite a few years ago. I have tried to suggest coordinating, sharing data - it is my understanding that there are several such bone marrow sample banks/ data bases.
Maybe, somebody would pick this glove? Arrange common data base - I'm sure that those who gave samples would not mind. I feel it is called for, especially when "borders" between races are not so clear anymore, in what was once called the melting pot.

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Posted by A.Neck Dote
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Surely the lady's doctors have advised her to canvass the whole nation, as well as South Asia and England, for a possible donor? I am told that is standard procedure in a case of hard-to-match bone marrow.

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