South Asian-American moms and dads, can your bone marrow help Devan?

Posted by Erica Noonan  May 13, 2010 10:12 AM

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(Devan Tatlow, age 4. He needs a bone marrow match.)

Whatever daily annoyances we suffer over here at Moms Are Talking About, I am pretty sure none of us will have as difficult a mothering day today as Indira Lakshmanan.

Indira is a former Globe foreign correspondent and mom of cute, smiley 4-year-old Devan Tatlow.

Devan has been fighting leukemia most of his young life. His parents thought he beat it in 2008, but last month it returned with a fury.

Devan needs a bone marrow transplant from a donor whom they have not yet found. Doctors say chances for a match are only 1-in-200,000. They are asking anyone -- friends, strangers, readers -- for help.

Devan's best chance is with a donor, who like him, has a South Asian/Indian and European/Caucasian background, although it's possible a good match could be found among any ethnic group.

The test involves a swab to the cheek -- nothing intrusive or painful -- to get on the US registry, which will not share information about you with other agencies or companies.

I did this about five years ago for a Natick bone marrow registry drive, but have never been called. It was so easy to do, and I love the idea that my bone marrow could be the answer to another mom's prayers.

So if you can help, or know someone who can, please check out Devan's site, matchdevan.com for more details on how to mail away for a kit. There is a donor drive in Randolph at The May Institute, 41 Pacella Drive, from 1 to 5 p.m. today (Friday, 5/14), if you can get over there. Devan and his family need a miracle quickly.

Thank you.

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Erica Noonan is chief of the Globe West bureau. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she worked for the Associated Press in Boston. Raised in Wellesley, she has a master's degree in political communication from Emerson College and a BA in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio. She lives in Natick with two energetic children: Dennis, 6, and Lila, 4.

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