A Father’s Urgent Plea

Posted June 14th, 2017 by Be The Match and filed in News
Show Content

 

Kapil, searching patient

Kapil will be spend this Father’s Day with his three children. Nothing out of the ordinary has been planned, but for Kapil, it will be very special.

Earlier this year, Kapil was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a disease that causes debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal discomfort, that affect the quality of his daily life. Doctors has given him 2 to 3 years to live. His only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. Like 70% of patients, Kapil does not have a fully matched donor in his family and has turned to Be The Match® to find an unrelated donor.

“The best part about being a dad is seeing my kids happy. Seeing them blooming on their own, crossing milestones like going from speaking five works to a sentence,” said Kapil. Like all parents, he wants his kids to study hard and be good, contributing members of society. “I hope I am able to be there for that, but the reality is, there’s a chance I am may not be,” he said.

Kapil says he is truly touched by the outpouring support he’s received from the community. Friends, family and strangers have hosted marrow drives and/or joined the registry.

“I want to send a message to all those who are out there. That you have a chance to save somebody’s life. It may be mine, it may be a 3-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 21-year-old, it doesn’t matter. The point is, just be ready that if you are a match to please come forward and take the steps involved to donate stem cells. Cause for you it might be a blood draw, but for me (and others) its life-saving,” Kapil pleads.

This Father’s Day, be the hope Kapil and patients like him are looking for. Join the marrow registry at join.bethematch.org/HOPE4KAPIL.

2 Responses to “A Father’s Urgent Plea”

  1. Diane Sanders says:

    We wanted to let Kapli know that my husband was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis in 2009, and through an exhaustive search, there was no perfect match. The search was even done internationally and still nothing. My husband Mark went on a couple of clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic, but they were not helping. So in 2011, he accepted a partial match, and went through the transplant. It was a rough road initially, but today he is not only alive, but thriving! He is doing so well that he only sees his doctor once a year and isn’t taking any medication. His blood tests are perfect! There is hope, Kapli. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, saved my husband’s life. And the donor that so generously gave of himself was a 9/10 match. The donor turned out to be a wonderful, incredible guy who only wanted to help. I know you must be scared right now…but there are solutions out there. We are hopeful for you and wish you and your family nothing but the best.

  2. Mary LaBrun says:

    I want everyone to be able to live their life while they are young so in order for them to be able to do that someone like me donates for them to have a full life to live.

Leave a Reply