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October 18, 2011 > Sameer's bone marrow drive

Sameer's bone marrow drive

Submitted By Brookvale Elementary PTA

Sameer Reddy is an eight year-old child of Indian origin from the Fiji Islands now living in Fremont. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2 1/2 and spent four years fighting the deadly disease. While expectations for survival were grim, Sameer shocked the medical community by defeating the ruthless cancer and the complications that arose from it. His commitment to live and willingness to keep fighting has made him a true "Superhero" in our community.

While the initial treatments achieved remission, as of October 2011, leukemia cells have returned, with a vengeance, and his only chance for a cure is to receive a bone marrow transplant. Because Sameer is an ethnic minority in the U.S. and has a very unique tissue type, a donor has not yet been found in the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program registry. He will most likely find his match within his own ethnic group of other Indians.

How many of us will ever have the opportunity to save the life of another human being? It is a rare gift for both the donor and the patient. And, in some cases, there is only one match in a million. You might be the one and only person in the world who has a matching tissue type for a particular patient. You can be a real life "Superhero" just like Sameer!

Please take a few minutes to come by and get checked to see if you are a match for Sameer. Testing is quick and painless; a simple cotton swab to the mouth could start the process of saving a life.

Please check the following websites for testing sites and to learn more facts and myths about marrow donation: www.savesameer.com; www.aadp.org/drive; or www.marrow.org.

Sameer's parents add, "You could be the one in a million match for our son. Please help give him the gift of life." www.SaveSameer.com.

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