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In Need of a Bone Marrow Donor, One Soldier is Fighting for His Life at Home

“I’ve been blessed with the gift of gab, and I think this is what I’m supposed to do with it.” Brought to you by Be The Match.


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In 2007, things were never better for Mark Jenkins. He met the woman of his dreams and had future visions of retiring from the U.S. Army to settle down and start a family. Jenkins was a full-time soldier and in the best shape of his life—a healthy eater, he ran three miles three times a week—when he went in for a routine physical that would turn out to be anything but.

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Bone Dry: Amit Gupta and the South Asian Bone Marrow Problem Amit Gupta and the South Asian Bone Marrow Deficit

Amit Gupta is battling more than cancer: He is South Asian, and so the people most likely to match his bone marrow are less less likely to give it up.


Amit Gupta needs a bone marrow transplant.

When the 32-year-old Indian-American tech entrepreneur was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last month, he extended a call for help. Gupta’s tech cred—he started launching web startups while still in college—ensured that his message swept across social media platforms. But Gupta is now battling more than cancer: Because he is South Asian, the people most likely to match his bone marrow are among the least likely to give it up.

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