Those two companies along with Cisco and Salesforce.com will all hold bone marrow registration drives in the coming days to try to find a match to EMC employee Nick Glasgow, who is suffering from leukemia and needs a transplant. The 28-year old has Asian and Caucasian ancestry, and so the companies are especially seeking people of similar backgrounds to be tested for a match.
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Nick’s heritage poses an obstacle to finding a suitable donor at this time, according to an EMC media advisory:
What is needed to save Nick’s life is a bone marrow donor who is a match – a monumental task given his donor has to be part Caucasian and part Asian, and the donor pool for people of mixed heritages is only 2.4% of the national database of registered donors (Compared to nearly an EIGHTY% chance if Nick was Caucasian!). Given this, his doctors indicated that there was probably a 0% chance of finding a donor from the current donor list.
EMC and Be The Match Foundation are hosting multiple donor drives across the greater Boston area, starting today:
Friday, May 29 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Franklin:50 Constitution Blvd, Franklin, MA (Johnson Conference Room, 3rd Floor)