[Soasiastudents] Fw: IAWW Re: Blood Test Drive to be held in
Seattle, to SAVE South Asian LIVES.
snodgras at u.washington.edu
Fri Mar 11 09:34:46 PST 2005
----- Original Message -----
From: "ben wilson" <benawilson at gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 8:28 PM
Subject: IAWW Re: Blood Test Drive to be held in Seattle, to SAVE South
> Please take time to read the important mail below regarding the
> need for South Asian blood marrow donors.
> thanks and regards,
> IAWW Executive Board
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: arti at matchpia.org<mailto:arti at matchpia.org>
> > To: IAWW
> > Sent: Monday, March 07, 2005 11:33 AM
> > Subject: Blood Test Drive to be held in Seattle, to SAVE South
> >Asian LIVES.
> > Dear Indian Association of Western Washington Leaders,
> > I wanted to take this opportunity, asking you if you can help us to
> >inform everyone, about this CRISIS that we are facing, in our South
> >Asian Community. There are over 38 South Asian patients, with
> >various forms of cancerous diseases that need our help. Often, the
> >only chance for a cure, is to have a stem cell or bone marrow
> >transplant (from someone who has the same genetic makeup from
> >the same ethnic background).
> > However, The National Marrow Donor Registry (NMDP which
> >houses a list of potential donors), is still very underrepresented for
> >South Asians (partly do to lack of outreach and education of the
> >need to our community). Out of the 7.5 million registered donors,
> >less than half of 1 percent, are South Asian (even though, through
> >Matchpia.org's efforts we (family and friends of Pia Awal), recruited
> >15,574 potential donors the last 6 months...which adding more that
> >25% of South Asian donors to the NMDP Registry before we
> >started our efforts). Unfortunately, that's still not enough donors, to
> >help all the South Asian patients in need of a donor match.
> > Pia Awal's match (identical), was 1 in 10's of million's chance.
> >Hence, we were lucky to find one for Pia, most South Asian
> >patients are not so lucky, they either don't make it because of not
> >having a donor match, or they succumb to the infections of their
> >cancers. I ask everyone to please come out to this event get tested
> >to be a potential match in saving a Life (If you already got tested,
> >and part of the NMDP Registry, please tell your friends and family
> >to get tested) . By sparing 5-10 minutes of one's time, you may be
> >able to save a patient's life. Remember, "It Only Takes One match
> >to Save a Life.Maybe You could be the One".
> > For more information, log onto www.matchpia.org<http://
> >www.matchpia.org/> or email arti at matchpia.org<
> >mailto:arti at matchpia.org>.
> > This Donor Drive is open to all MINORITIES (as testing is
> >provides by government funding), not just South Asians. Other
> >minority groups, are also facing similar challenges as the South
> >Asian Community, hence, we welcome all minorities to attend.
> > Blood Test Drive to be held in Seattle, to SAVE South Asian
> > "What if the cost of saving someone's Life is FREE."
> > Friday and Saturday
> > March 11-12, 2005, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
> > University of Phoenix (Bellevue Campus), 2nd Floor
> > 146th Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
> > Contact: Arti: arti at matchpia.org<mailto:arti at matchpia.org>
> > Website: www.matchpia.org<http://www.matchpia.org/>
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