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UC Irvine News Brief: Donor registry drive Monday for econ alumna with leukemia

Effort on behalf of Sonia Rai '07, who requires a bone marrow transplant, is specifically targeted to Indian Americans.

January 28, 2011
UC Irvine News Brief: Donor registry drive Monday for econ alumna with leukemia

In mid-December, UCI economics alum Sonia Rai was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The 2007 graduate is undergoing treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and will require a bone marrow transplant. Recognizing that South Asian donors are in short supply, UCI’s Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs office is hosting a public donor registry drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, on Ring Mall. The drive – which is in partnership with CureSonia and the Be The Match donor registry – is specifically targeted to Indian Americans, since people needing bone marrow transplants are more likely to find a match within their own race.