The India Association of Minnesota is asking for people to consider registering for the Be The Match Bone Marrow program to help find a match for an infant.
Little Rishik from the Twin Cities has a rare blood disorder called HLH, which can be fatal unless treated with a marrow transplant. He received a cord blood transplant via Be The Match in January but it failed.
He now needs marrow from a matching adult donor for his second chance at life. Please visit this url for more information at www.tinyurl.com/Rishik.
The chances of finding a matching adult donor for Rishik are high if the donor is of Indian (South Asian) descent and currently there are not many Indian donors on the Be The Match national marrow registry.
In order to become a donor, you need to first register as one. Registration is simple, takes only 20 minutes and involves filling a registration form and taking a painless swab of cheek cells to test for the matching process. In case there is a match, you will be contacted for the marrow donation process.
Please join the registry on Saturday, April 24th at School of India for Languages & Culture (SILC) from 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. SILC functions out of Como Park Senior High School, 740 Rose Avenue W, St Paul, MN 55117.
Look for the “Be The Match” tables outside the school cafeteria (on the West side of the building). For information visit http://g.co/maps/zv6hn and contact Kristine Reed (Be The Match) at [email protected], 612-616-6534 or Shiv Bhatia (Principal SILC) at [email protected], 651-894-2551.