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Save the Life of Some Dad’s Kid

by Steve on October 13, 2011 · 0 comments

Amit Gupta

I don’t know Amit Gupta.  

I just learned about him through this article – Can Social Media Save Amit Gupta.  He seems like a pretty cool guy.  He’s definitely accomplished and well connected.  He’s an entrepreneur, writer and friend to many, including people like Seth Godin.

Amit also has leukemia.

Cancer is a nasty disease that I’ve been fortunate to not have to deal with too closely. Amit is a young guy and he’s on a quest to find a bone marrow donor to save his life. Because he’s from south Asian decent, it’s apparently really hard to find a match.

What if that were my kid?

Since becoming a father, I’ve noticed that my compassion for others has grown tremendously. I chose to bring a person into this world, a person who in the earliest years counts on others to help them survive 100%. As any dad should understand, it’s a pretty big deal. I look at tough situations differently than I did before I had children and find myself framing my reaction around ‘what if that were my kid?’.

What if that were my kid who was sick?
What if that were my kid who had a learning disability?
What if that were my kid who was handicapped?
What if that were my kid who was doing drugs?
What if that were my kid who was the bully in school?

What if we looked out for and stepped up to help other people more, especially young people?  What if our actions inspired others to do the same thing?

Power to save some dad’s kid

According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, over 10,000 children in America were diagnosed with cancer in 2007. If you know one of these kids, your heart already breaks for them and their parents. That’s over 10,000 dads who learn that their kid’s life is on the line. I don’t know why I’ve hesitated in the past to put myself on the bone marrow registry. It’s a simple way to directly impact someone’s life like giving blood. Selfishness and laziness, maybe.  After reading Amit’s story (a guy I don’t know), I signed up.  Why wouldn’t you sign up?  I hope I get the call someday that they found a match for my bone marrow.

We have the power to help other people live longer, better lives.  It’s a great message to pass on to our kids.  What’s better than that?

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