Help Nalini Now

This is not going to be your normal post on comics and visual language. This post is a plea for help from anyone who might read this blog and anyone compelled to help save someone’s life. I summarize here much of what’s said in a blog post from my colleague Sam Sommers.

From 2006 to 2012 I was a graduate student at Tufts University. One of the professors there was Nalini Ambady, who happened to be the advisor of many of my closest friends. You probably know Nalini’s research in social psychology, though you may not have heard of her. Have you heard of Malcom Gladwell’s book Blink, which talks about the “ability to extract an enormous amount of meaningful information from the very thinnest slice of experience”? The idea of “thin slices” comes from Nalini’s work.

I am sad to say now that Nalini is battling with leukemia and is dire need of a bone marrow transplant. Because she is Indian, she has a very specific genetic marker that likely needs a match with another South Asian. Time is of the essence—she likely needs a match within 8 weeks. Her story is detailed much more at this website:

Helping save this woman’s life is easy:

1) Register today as a potential bone marrow donor in the national registry. It’s easy: if you’re between the ages of 18-44 you can simply go here: 

Make sure to enter the promo code “nalini” and your request for a cheek swab will be rushed to you and its processing expedited.

2) Everyone has the potential to save a life by registering on the site. In Nalini’s case, though, it’s particularly Indian donors who are likely to be a match. Accordingly, please forward this blog post or the website to any websites, email lists, or organizations with large South Asian memberships.

Please help. It takes just a few clicks of a mouse and time is running out. Your effort may help save a woman’s life. Thank you.


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