October 8, 2011

News & Opinion: Friday Link

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:24 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The world could really use more men like Amit Gupta. Amit is a starter. He helped build and launch ChangeThis, served as its first Managing Editor, and is the brains and gumption behind both Photojojo and Jelly.

Amit is now in a fight for his life, and you may be able to help him win it. How so? Well, here's his explanation of the situation:
Two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor, who I’d gone to see the day before because I’d been feeling worn out and was losing weight, and wasn’t sure why.

He was brief: “Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away.”

I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.

I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant ... minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.

A few ways to help:
  1. If you’re South Asian, get a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.
  2. If you’re in NYC, you can go to this event my friends are putting on.
  3. If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point ‘em to the links above.
The world could really use more men like Amit Gupta—the world could really use Amit himself, and he's proven time and again that he's ready to serve it. If you can help, please do.

And that is the only link we have for you today.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.