When online entrepreneur Amit Gupta found out he had acute leukemia last month he quickly turned to social media. But it's not why you'd think.
Yes he started a Twitter account and Tumblr site as a way to keep his family and friends updated on his health. But he also wanted to reach out to a worldwide audience who could help him find a matching bone marrow donor -- something needed to treat the disease.
While he hasn't founded such a person yet -- and only has about six weeks left to find one -- the 32-year-old remains hopeful. “I'm so grateful,” he told the Toronto Star, from his parents' home in Connecticut. “I was glad for the attention but I didn't think it would last. I don't know what to say.”
In Canada, according to The Canadian Association of Transplantation (CAT), more than 4,000 people are currently on an organ recipient wait list. Last year, 1,803 transplants were performed and 195 Canadians died while waiting on the list.