Today I learned Amit Gupta was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, and he needs our help to find a bone marrow transplant. You may not know Amit, but he’s a brilliant guy who is responsible for the website Photojojo, and he’s also indirectly responsible for the coworking movement in Austin.
Some of you may remember back in good ol’ 2007, a meetup in Austin I used to organize called Jelly. We met at coffee shops and coworked together for the whole day, once or twice per week. Jelly is a product of Amit’s mind, and it was a combination of my desire for a coworking space, a lack of money, and Amit’s genius free Jelly coworking meetups, that inspired me to start Jelly in Austin. These meetups later broke off and evolved into our city’s first coworking space Conjunctured, which uncovered a need, that has since set in motion many other coworking spaces in Austin. So, if you enjoy coworking in our fair city, you owe Amit a bit of thanks.
Amit posted about his diagnosis on his blog. He also posted several ways that we can help. I’ve reposted them below as a quote from his blog:
I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. As Jay and Tony describe below, minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.
A few ways to help:
- If you’re South Asian, get a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.
- If you’re in NYC, you can go to this event my friends are putting on.
- If you know any South Asians(India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point ‘em to the links above.
*NEW* Organize a donor drive near you (the most helpful thing you could possibly do!) email firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll send you kits, flyers, tell you what to say, and make the whole process easy cheesy.
Please help however you can. I mean come on, just look at this guy. How can you not love him and want to help?