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The IIT Bombay Alumni Association and Heritage Fund get requests from time to time for assisting alumni who may need help for a variety of reasons, including a medical situation, a natural disaster or economic distress etc. If you have a situation where you would like to make an appeal to all alumni, please write to appeals @ for inclusion on this website. Likewise, if you can help with a donation or other means for any appeal made on this page, write to appeals @ Kindly note that all requests received will be reviewed for inclusion as per established guidelines.

This an appeal to save a life ... Samir, son of Raj Pendse (BTech - Class of 1980), is in dire and urgent need of a matched bone marrow donor. We are once again creating awareness in the South Asian and Indian community to become a registered donor for bone marrow. The need is URGENT and it has to be done NOW as it is the only chance of cure for 18 year old Samir Pendse who is battling with relapsed leukemia. The search for the right bone marrow for Samir has been going on for last 3 years; unfortunately only a small number of people of Indian origin are registered with NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program). And a good match for Samir’s bone marrow has not been found yet. THE SHORTAGE OF REGISTERED INDIAN DONORS FOR BONE MARROW IS A CRITICAL ISSUE.

By increasing the number of registered donors there is a better chance of finding the right match to treat leukemia and save a life. Because tissue types are inherited, a patient’s most likely match is someone from the same racial or ethnic group. Therefore it is important for all Indians to register and widen the pool. This is a noble cause and will benefit Samir and many such leukemia patients.

Please take a moment now to register by filling out the online application. After you register, you will receive a swab kit from NMDP. Follow the easy 2 minute procedure to complete the swabbing test and mail it back to NMDP ... visit

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