Remember Amit Gupta? He was diagnosed with Leukimia in September 2011 and thus began the largest social media driven internet friendly bone marrow donor recruitment campaign we’ve seen to date. He has something to share today.
… 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! You all literally helped save my life. (And the lives of many others.) [amitgupta]
I am stunned by this good news! As we’ve blogged before, South Asians have a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a donor match and to find a perfect match is even more of a slim chance. This is one of those circumstances that highlights how social media campaigns can turn into real life successes! Of course, Amit still has a battle ahead of him.
Tomorrow, I’ll be admitted to Dana Farber in Boston for 4-5 weeks.
First I’ll get a second Hickman line to allow direct access to my heart (for meds and for nutrients if I’m not able to eat). Over the next week, the docs blast my body with a stiff chemo cocktail to try and eradicate all traces of cancer cells. In the process, the immune system I was born with, and my body’s ability to make blood, are destroyed.
Next Friday, I get my donor’s stem cells by IV. I start on immunosuppressants to prevent my body from rejecting them (I’ll be on them for 12-18 months). For these weeks I’ve no immune system, so I’m severely vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. My hospital room and hallway become my world.
Meanwhile, the stem cells make their way to my bone marrow and, with some luck, start producing platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells. At this point, my blood type changes to the blood type of my donor. And my blood will now have my donor’s DNA, not my own. [amitgupta]
I am reminded of Sameer who also had a 10/10 donor match – but unfortunately suffered from complications from the transfer. Amit has a tough battle ahead of him, but he has a large community that is rooting and praying for him. Good luck!
Yay, Amit! His campaign was the one that got me to get off my lazy behind and sign up. I wish him all the very best in his treatment.
I had registered when you guys posted about some of the other folks a few years ago, but I’m so happy to hear this news. Amit’s site is really cool and I dug his crafty book. Sending good thoughts that everything goes well for him.
All the best Amit !!!
This is amazing. good on the people that made it happen. I love em all.
We wish you a quick recovery and all the very best.
That is fantastic news! I’ll pray for his recovery! All the best, Amit! Keep the faith.