Aniket and his wife, Spoorthy, have an adorable young son. Only a few months after his birth, Aniket was diagnosed with blood cancer during a routine check-up. Luckily he came back with full strength after chemotherapy and he celebrated the victory over the disease together with his family. But this summer, the doctors found out that he had a relapse and the only way to help him is a blood stem cell transplant.
Did you know? Ethnicity matters when looking for a bone marrow donor, as patients more closely match with donors of the same background. While 6 out of 10 patients will find an unrelated matching donor on the registry, it can be more difficult for others. If you are of Indian descent, we encourage you to register, as this will help increase Aniket's, and other Indian patients', chances of finding a perfect match!
‘Since a match is more likely when the donor and patient share the same ethnicity, hopefully many donors of Indian ethnicity will register,’ Spoorthy said.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 55 years old and in general good health, please register as a bone marrow donor with DKMS. It's easy!
1. Order a free swab kit online by answering a few simple questions.
2. Swab your cheeks and send the kit back to DKMS with the prepaid envelope.
3. You're registered!
Once DKMS processes your swabs, you will be added to the registry and be available for all patients searching for a matching donor. Registering as a donor is a quick and easy process and a quick check swab could be the difference needed to provide patients like Aniket a second chance at life!