Akiim DeShay

Akiim DeShay is on the board of MoreMarrowDonors.org. He is an African-American leukemia survivor from Irving, Texas, who received a bone marrow transplant from his sister in 2004. Although she was a good match, he suffers from persistent medical complications and nearly died in February 2009. Akiim is an advocate for African-American bone marrow issues and runs a website called BlackBoneMarrow.com.

  • December 28, 2009    |   Other

    Bone Marrow—NOTA Challenge

    Saving Lives: Challenging the Federal Ban on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors

    Every year, nearly 3,000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor.  Minorities are hit especially hard.  Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to attract more bone marrow donors would be worth pursuing, but federal law makes that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. That is why…

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