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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. 


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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