February 17, 2018

POSTPONED – Leukemia patient drive on March 4, 2018 in Bedford MA

Dear Friends, The Cheek Swab Drive for the Leukemia patient, on Sunday March 4, is postponed.
Due to an unfortunate car accident, the team that was going to come from NY to take the Cheek Swabs will not be able to make it for this Sunday’s drive.
However, we are glad they are okay.

The next date for the Cheek Swab is TBD, we will keep you posted.

Many thanks to all of you who signed up for the Cheek Swab to be tested as a potential donor. We are so proud to have such selfless people in our community.

Best wishes,

Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
Website: www.ZAGBA.org

Click here to read and download the flyer

Date: 03/04/2018
Time: 1:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Bedford Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Dear ZAGBA Community,
In early January we had circulated an Appeal for a bone marrow donor for Sharmin Avari (who is located in Australia).  ZAGBA is now holding a local Swab drive for anyone who wishes to be a donor and would like to see if they are a potential match for a bone marrow transplant for Sharmin Avari.  Please spread the message and you can bring your friend or relative from any community if they want to be tested.
Please read the attached Flyer carefully on the Cheek Swab drive and related details, to be held in Bedford, MA (where we hold the Z-Children’s religion classes).  This will not take up too much of your time, as the registration process itself is about 5 minutes and the cheek swap takes about a minute. You must be in good health and between the ages of 18-44 years.
DateSunday, March 4th, 2018
VenueBedford Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730
Many thanks and holding on to hope that Sharmin finds a potential donor from within the ZAGBA community.


“Happiness comes to them who bring happiness to others”
– Zoroastrian Texts

Sharmin, a young Zoroastrian in Melbourne, Australia has recently been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL). She has 2 boys, 11 and 7 years old, a wonderful husband that she has been married to for over 12 years and was living life before she was diagnosed.

Her doctors advised that to beat the cancer, she needs a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, her sister was not a match for her. Sharmin is now relying on a stranger to save her life and searching the unrelated marrow donor database for a match. Anyone can be her match but the likelihood of finding a match will come from someone of the same ethnicity as Sharmin.

Her best chance of finding a match is within the South Asian community. All you need to do is register as a donor to help Sharmin and thousands like her in search for a matching donor and donate if you come up as a match.

To conduct a blood stem cell/marrow registration event, contact:
Dr. Yasmin Ghadiali
Mrinalini Mindi Nair
samar@samarinfo.org , www.samarinfo.org

Registration is painless, quick and easy!
⇒ 18-44 years old and in good health.
⇒ Registration form takes 5 minutes.
⇒ Cheek swab takes 1 minute
⇒ Smile! You’re done in less than 10 minutes

There is NO BLOOD DRAW to register.
All it takes is a cheek swab.
You can donate blood stemcells via your blood (80% of the time)
or from the marrow of your hip bone under anesthesia (20%).


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