Bedi said she was “honored and ecstatic” when she found out her stem cells were a match.
“It was a privilege to do it for someone,” she said. “I would hope that they would do the same for me, if I was in their shoes.”
…”I know she’s 54 years old and that she has leukemia,” Bedi said. “They won’t release her ethnicity, but, yeah, she’s East Indian.”
Meenu was registered via a Team-in-Training program sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
As rare as matches are, what’s even more sad is the occasional response to a match (a problem which, sadly, Vinay appears to have run into) –
“We often get a lot of people to sign up,” [Program Director] Vlume said, “but the unique problem is getting people to say ‘yes’ after we’ve made a match.”
She said that sometimes, as many as 70 percent of people deemed matches decline to go through with the process.
“They want to look like they’re doing a good thing, they want to show they support the community, but in the end they never really wanted to do it in the first place,” Vlume said.
Sometimes, attitudes are a far worse problem than numbers. Good luck Vinay & Sameer.