Help save Sameer’s life…

sameer.jpgI’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now, but didn’t want to spread the word until I had the green light. My friend Sameer Bhatia has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood, and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.

The added difficulty in this situation is that Sameer needs to find a match within the South Asian community and there just aren’t enough South Asians in the bone marrow registry. I read a statistic somewhere that a Caucasian person in need of bone marrow finds 5 matches on average. Meanwhile, a South Asian person in need finds 0-1. This should not be the case – there are over 1 billion Indians in the world!!

If you are ethnically South Asian, please register to donate bone marrow and encourage your friends and families to do the same – it’s so easy (literally an application form and a cheek swab)! If you have the time and motivation, help to set up a bone marrow drive in your area… especially if you live somewhere with a dense population of South Asians.

I’ve known Sameer for about 6 years now… He’s an incredible person and has always been a good friend and mentor to me. He is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a Stanford alum, but most importantly is known to many for his efforts in launching the American India Foundation, Project DOSTI, TiE (Chicago), a microfinance fund, and other initiatives focused on helping others. The world is a better place because of people like him and it would be a terrible tragedy to lose him out of apathy.

Please help.


8 Responses to “Help save Sameer’s life…”

  1. 1 brady July 2, 2007 at 2:21 am

    What a great posting about Sameer. Thanks for doing this Seema! Wanna go see transformers together yo?

  2. 2 Rena August 11, 2007 at 4:18 am

    Wanted to let you know about this upcoming drive, email me if you’d like an official flyer sent to you to circulate:

    “Save Vinay, Sameer & Utkersh”
    Bone Marrow Registration Drive

    Hosted by Kerala Cultural Association of North America, Inc. (KCANA) and SAMAR:
    KCANA India Community Center
    Saturday August 25 (11:30 am – 3 pm)
    FREE Luncheon &

    Volunteers are welcome!

  3. 3 seema September 13, 2007 at 5:55 am

    For those who are just coming across this post, you’ll be happy to know that Sameer found a match a couple of weeks ago!

  4. 4 seema April 2, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I am deeply saddened to inform anyone reading this that Sameer passed away last week after fighting numerous post-relapse complications. His family and friends organized a very touching memorial service in Seattle over the weekend where we all shared fond memories of our cherished “Samba.” The web cast of the service, as well as the slide show that played during the service, can be found at

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