Dear Friends:
Our beloved friend Nanjund Shetty has been diagnosed with a blood disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).  Individuals who have MDS have bone marrow that does not function normally and as a result they do not have enough normal blood cells for the normal functioning of the body.  The doctors at Duke Hospital have determined that a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) is essential for cure of MDS and his chance of survival.
Getting a right bone marrow match likely depends on the race and ethnicity.  Due to minority population of Indians and South Asians, the donor registry pool is small.

The registration process is very simple as described on the registry websites (e.g., or register at one of many donor drives.  You can go on the website to find out find out upcoming drives that are convenient for you (  

Please forward this to your friends and families and encourage them to register as a donor.  Since time is of the essence, we implore you to register immediately. Your kind support is highly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Rishi Acharya (919) 949-4047 or any of the Sampige  Board Members.

Please Register as a Marrow Donor and help save lives!
Who is eligible to participate in absolutely free test drive?
What happens at marrow drive (absolutely free)?
  • Fill a consent form
  • Give your saliva using a swab
  • DONE! No needles. No blood drawn.
  • Your information and results are kept confidential.
We are working with the local Indian Organizations to host the marrow drives at the following upcoming functions.  These are the tentative dates and locations. Please check this web page for updates:
May 1st - SAMPIGE - Purandara Dasa Aaradhane and Basava Jayanthi at the HERBERT YOUNG COMM HALL
May 8th - AT DUKE - SP Balasubraniam Concert.

Here are upcoming scheduled marrow donor registry drives:

Duke APAMSA Marrow Drive

Drive Date:  
Apr. 21, 2010
Drive Time:  
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Donor Center:National Marrow Donor Program Southeast District
Telephone Number:  919-684-8111
Drive Name:Duke APAMSA Marrow Drive
Drive Location:Duke Hsp N Cafeteria
Address:2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710
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