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At just 26 years old, Seun Adebiyi is one of the most driven individuals you will ever meet. Seun has achieved nearly every life goal he has set for himself. He has a couple big ones left and sadly not a lot of time. A 2009 graduate of Yale Law who was born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama, Seun was diagnosed with both leukemia and lymphoma while training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games just days after his graduation. Now his goal is to register 10,000 people as bone marrow donors with DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world. His mission is to not only save his own life, but to save thousands of others, like himself in need of a life-saving transplant.


Statistics: The likelihood of finding a match is much higher within a person's own ethnic group. However, due to a significant under-representation of minorities in the National Bone Marrow Registry, Seun is facing grim odds. Only about 515,000 of the potential donors about 8% of the registry are African-Americans. As a result, 83% African-American patients do not receive the life saving transplants they need. Overall, only 3 out of 10 patients will receive the transplant that can save their life.*

*Source: NMDP (Be the Match) Facts and Figures 2008

 Here is how YOU can help:

  1. Attend the donor drive - January 10, 2010 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Yale Club of New York City Tap Room / 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY
  2. Register as a bone marrow donor on line at
  3. Organize your own donor drive anywhere in US call Alina Suprunova at 212.209.6703 or e-mail This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
  4. Help Spread the word! Send out the information above to all friends, family and colleagues.
Immediate goal: Register 10,000 new bone marrow donors and raise $650,000 to cover the cost
Annual 2010 goal: Register 100,000 new bone marrow donors and raise $6.5 million to cover the cost


For more information on donating and registering, go to or call (866) 340-DKMS. 

would like to thank the YAAMNY Public Service & Social Justice Committee for co-sponsoring this event.

DKMS is a tax exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
*posted by Flora Mendoza, YC '08 - This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  / This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript