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News Release

Fuqua Donor Registry Drive a Success

Alums, students, and the community are invited

January 15, 2013

Update: Nearly 120 people registered as potential donors during the drive. Alums came from all over North Carolina to help.

The diagnosis was almost unimaginable. Sachin Kholamkar is 32 years old and a newlywed. He is building a life after graduating from Fuqua's Weekend Executive MBA program.  Sachin lives in Houston and works in engineering. Recently, he was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Sachin needs a bone marrow/stem cell transplant soon and is actively seeking a matching donor. Patients are most likely to find a match with someone of their own ethnic background. Sachin is Indian. According to the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters, a minority patient has about a 25 percent less chance of finding a match in the donor registry than a Caucasian patient.

Fuqua alums have helped organize a donor registry drive to be held on Friday, January 18th from 3-7 PM in Fuqua's Fox Center. Alums, students, and the community can sign up to be part of the donor registry.  The process is short and only involves some paperwork and a cheek swab. The drive is particularly seeking South Asian donors.

For more information contact - Betsie Letterle at Be the Match - bletterl@nmdp.org