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The Internet Saves Lives: Amit Gupta Found a Bone Marrow Donor

amit The Internet Saves Lives: Amit Gupta Found a Bone Marrow Donor

Mr. Gupta.

Amit Gupta, co-founder of Jelly NYC, a coworking group, and Photojojo, a site about photography with DIY tips, project ideas and gear, was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. It was all-hands-on-deck suddenly as Mr. Gupta wrote a blog post about needing a bone marrow transplant donor: the odds of someone from South Asian descent finding a match were only 1 in 20,000, and Mr. Gupta didn’t have much time. So he made a website: http://amitguptaneedsyou.com/.

Techies in New York, San Francisco and across the country launched a decentralized offensive, organizing bone marrow drives and pizza parties with a swab test on the side. “After over 100 drives organized by friends, family, and strangers, celebrity call-outs, a bazillion reblogs (7000+!), tweets, and Facebook posts, press, fundraising and international drives organized by tireless friends, and a couple painful false starts, I’ve got a 10/10 matched donor!” Mr. Gupta announced earlier this week. After the transfusion, he’ll still have a long way to go as his body rebuilds its immune system. “But I’ve got a donor & amazing family & friends. A few months ago I didn’t have many options. Today I have a plan. I am alive. I start tomorrow. Wish me luck! Thank you,” he wrote.

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