• Nick Glasgow is a 28-year-old from Fremont, California, who learned this past spring he had Leukemia, and that he needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

    Nick is an employee of EMC Corporation in Pleasanton, California, as is his mother.

    Due to his mixed heritage of 1/4 Japanese and 3/4 Caucasian, finding a bone marrow match for Nick is far more difficult.

    Since an email was sent to EMC employees around the world May 15, thousands of people from every corner of the globe have expressed their support and commitment by registering to become donors.

    This blog provides updates on how people can help, on Nick's condition, and other aspects of the race to save Nick.

    Mark Fredrickson
    VP, Marketing Strategy & Comms.
    EMC Corporation

May 18 10:30 a.m. – Potential donors desperately needed for Nick Glasgow

Context: The following email was sent on Monday, May 18, to approximately 40,000 employees of EMC Corporation by Mark Fredrickson, VP of Marketing Strategy and Communications.

May 18, 2009 — On Friday we circulated word through the global EMC community and beyond about Nick Glasgow, a 28-year-old EMC employee in California who, in the span of just weeks, has been diagnosed with Leukemia and now is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Over the weekend, the compassion of the EMC family was abundant as hundreds of EMCers responded to this plea — either by getting tested as potential donors, passing the information along to friends and family members, or just offering their prayers, personal experiences, and asking what they could do. When word reached Cisco, a company larger than EMC that has been a strong partner in the marketplace for years, Cisco people also sprang into action.

Nick’s mother, Carole Wiegand, also an EMC employee, has expressed her and Nick’s deepest gratitude at the outpouring of help and support. But the race to find a qualified donor is at a critical stage, so I am sending this update with more specifics on how a potential donor can expedite a possible match. Please feel free to circulate this message beyond EMC (social media vehicles were used to rapidly spread word about Nick throughout the weekend).

Here are the essential facts:

1) Any person whose ethnic background is a mix of Asian and Caucasian, and is in good health with no history of cancer or major illness, and is between the ages of 18 and 60, is a potential donor for Nick. Expanding on the initial information, one does not need to be 75% Caucasian and 25% Asian — any potential mix could work. While the most likely match would be from a person who is 75% Caucasian and 25% Japanese, it is absolutely possible that other combinations of Caucasian-Asian background in different proportions could work. The Asian background should be Sino-Asian, rather than Indo-Asian. Finding an ideal match with all of Nick’s markers is very difficult, and we do not want to exclude any potential donors.

2) Go to the “Be The Match” National Marrow Donor Program at http://www.marrow.org/. Rather than ordering a test kit (time is too critical for that), read the facts about donating and then you can register yourself and enter your zip code at http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Join_in_Person/index.html to find drives in your area in the next few days. If there is not a local drive in your area within the next few days, please call one of the labs listed and request a time to drop in for urgent testing. (These instructions apply to people in the US. Other countries have similar programs.) People who join the registry can help any person, not just Nick.

3) The test is a simple cheek swab. The actual donation can be a blood draw or a more complex procedure, which would have some side-affects from which people bounce back quickly. This link has facts about the procedural aspects of bone marrow donation:
http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/Myths_%26_Facts_about_Marrow_Don/index.html. If a qualified donor is identified and medical or travel costs are an issue, this will be taken care of.

4) Special drives for Nick are also being arranged for the next few days. We are looking at possible locations where a drive could facilitate good numbers of potential donors (San Francisco/San Jose area, the Boston/Hopkinton area, and Orlando, where EMC World is taking place this week). Carol Gillespie at the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) is providing testing if you are located in the Bay Area in California (all ethnic minorities and Caucasians wishing to join will be asked to pay a portion of their testing costs, $25). Please contact AADP directly at 1-800-593-6667 and speak to anyone on the staff if you are local, to have your testing done more quickly .

5) If you get tested, it is important that you expedite the process by sending an email to all three people in the cc line on this message:

In the email, include your registration ID number, the location where you were tested, and testing date. The reason for this is that the national database usually takes a few weeks to be updated with a new potential donor’s test results. For Nick, time is of the essence. They will be expediting these samples for Nick so his doctors will be able to urgently retrieve possible matches.

Thank you to all who have tried to help and expressed concern. I would like to close with this message from Stacy Morales:

“Thank you does not begin to express the gratitude that Carole and Nick have for you all right now. You have given this family hope, and quite possibly, the gift of life.”

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5 Responses

  1. AADP tries to send out home kits on the same day or the next day that you requested.

    Home registration kits are free for anyone of all or part ethnic minority descent (all or part Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black or Native American/Alaska Native)

    http://www.aadp.org/pages/page.php?pageid=16

  2. Thanks for all the updates. I have dugg multiple stories on Digg that deal with Nick and one seems close to hitting the Front Page

    http://digg.com/health/A_friend_of_mine_needs_some_Bone_Marrow

  3. Reply from Dave Farmer in EMC Public Relations … currently administering this blog
    __________________________

    Eugene,

    Please go to http://www.AADP.org to register online and order a free test kit to be mailed to you. Kits ordered through AADP.org (not the ones ordered through marrow.org) are being expedited specifically for Nick. Free kits are available for mixed races or minorities. At the top of the page, click “Register” and select “Request a Test Kit.”

  4. Reply from Dave Farmer in EMC Public Relations … currently administering this blog.
    ____________________

    Eugene,

    Timing is very urgent.

    Where are you located? Are you of Asian/Caucasian descent?

    Thanks,

    Dave

  5. The earliest drive in my area is on Tuesday the 26th and all the facilities that can run the test are difficult to get to. If that’s too late, I’ll do my best to get to one sooner–can you tell me what the time frame is? I know it’s urgent.

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