• 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

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May 20 2:00 p.m. – Potential donors desperately needed for Nick Glasgow

Our messages about the efforts to find a donor for Nick Glasgow have been met with tremendous response, from the EMC community and beyond.

Specific drives for Nick have been or are being held in California, Florida and Massachusetts.  (See sidebar)

Here is an important update from Stacy Morales (morales_stacy@emc.com), EMC colleague and friend of Nick Glasgow and his mother Carole.

Subject: Information from hospital meeting

Hi Mark,

An update on the information I learned today at the hospital meeting with Carol Gillespie and Carol Wiegand.

Nick will most likely start chemotherapy (a slightly different version from the first two rounds) tomorrow. His cell count is slightly better and the doctors are wanting to buy him some more time to find a donor. If not put him into remission, slow down the multiplication of cancer cells.

Stanford should have Nick in the national database by this weekend to start running the search for a match for a bone marrow transplant

Once a match is found for Nick, it is usually about 30 days minimum until transplant date due to additional testing and analyzing that is required.

AADP are expediting testing for potential donors. They are the quickest way to get test results into the national database. Anyone who is going through Be A Match that is not a drive specifically for Nick will have their test results in the system in approximately 4-6 weeks from test date. This is why it is important that if someone is not going to a AADP drive or a specific drive for Nick, they order their kit through AADP. www.aadp.org

I think the most important thing that I came away from the meeting was this: Potentially a match could be someone that has heard our push and been tested. If they went the longest route for test results, that’s 6 weeks from now until they are found to be a match. Add on top of that the 30 day minimum for transplant date. We’re looking at 2 1/2 months. God willing Nick has that. The message we need to push is do not wait, get tested NOW….At a drive for Nick (being held in Bay Area, at EMC World in Orlando, and at EMC HQ in Massachusetts) or through an AADP kit.

A side hopeful tidbit I learned is that a match could potentially be found from someone of a different race. Carole Gillespie said it is rare but she spoke of two cases she’s seen where someone of a completely opposite race was a perfect 10 for 10 match. It’s a shot in the dark, but you never know!

Thanks again for all that you are doing!


One Response

  1. We are happy to see this outpouring of support for Nick. It is great that you working closely with AADP to increase awareness and also increase the number of registrants in the National Registry.

    We are A3M, a sister organization of AADP based in Southern California. We essentially do the same thing that AADP does, but our offices are in Los Angeles. We have already received a number of inquiries about Nick and some have already come into our office to register. We want to encourage all of you who are in the Southern California area to visit our website as you will see the drives that we have scheduled in Southern California. Our drives are also expedited to insure more expedient testing. You can also come to our office in Los Angeles to register.

    Thank you for everyone’s support and compassion.


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