Eagle Scout Name: Vibhu Guda Troop 183 Brookfield, WI
Number of service hours: 106 hrs.
Name of Project: Match Donors & Recipients of South Asian Community
Description of Project: Bone marrow or stem-cell transplants are life-saving procedures that are used for treatment of several types of blood cancers and low blood counts. “Be the Match” in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, is the national stem cell donor registry and exists for patients in need of a lifesaving stem cell or bone marrow transplant since only 20% of patients who need stem cell or bone marrow transplant will have a match in their family. The likelihood of finding a match is highest in one’s own ethnicity. Currently the number of donors for South Asian community patients seeking a match is at -40% or less. My goal is to increase the number of South Asian registrants in the “Be the Match” registry. I can accomplish this by setting up a “Be the Match” registration camps at my local Hindu temple, Mosque and Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). By doing so I want to educate and enable South Asians to join the registry as donors and in doing so they will be able to save someone’s life one day.