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About SAMI 

Saving lives, one swab at a time

What is the problem?

People dying of blood cancer or other blood diseases need a donation of healthy stem cells to replace their damaged cells. However, the donor and patient's tissue types must be identical, making it difficult for patients to find a match. Usually, matches occur within the same ethnic community, so a South Asian patient with leukemia will need a stem cell transplant from a South Asian donor. Donors are found for patients in the National Bone Marrow Registry, which holds nearly 12.5 million potential marrow donors. Unfortunately, South Asians only account for 3% of the entire registry, making it difficult for South Asian patients to find a donor, and causing hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths. 

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Our Mission

SAMI is dedicated to saving lives by increasing the number of South Asian donors, ensuring that more patients receive their life-saving stem cell treatments. Through hosting drives and events, SAMI raises awareness, educates, and registers more people to become a donor.

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