Jay was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 1995 at the age of 9. In 1999, the leukemia recurred and after guidance and support from SAMAR to find a match, he received a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor in August of that same year.
In a heartfelt ceremony held by SAMAR, a grateful Jay and his parents met his donor for the first time. It was a “Patel meets Patel” moment as the donor had lived and grown up in the same neighborhood in India as his parents.
After going to college at Harvard University, Jay is now researcher studying leukemia and other hematologic disorders. He has published more than 20 articles including a recent first-author paper in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the effect of different mutations on the survival of patients with acute myeloid leukemia.