"I got a call from my doctor, who I’d gone to see the day before because I’d been feeling worn out and was losing weight, and wasn’t sure why. He was brief:
'Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away.'
"I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.
"I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. South Asians are severely under-represented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help."
Clearly I am writing this because I want my friend to live. But keep in mind that you're helping anyone who needs a bone marrow transplant. Learn more about all of this, from Amit to the donation process, by visiting Amit Gupta Needs You!