Photographer and comics writer (Schmuck) Seth Kushner is one of the really good guys and just a few weeks ago he was spotted at MoCCA FESt happily manning the Hang Dai Studios booth and talking about his successful Kickstarter campaign for SCHMUCK. Thus it came as a complete shock to his friends in the NYC comics community and his family when a few short days afterwards, after complaining of what felt like the flu for a few days, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Seth was immediately checked in to the hospital where he has been undergoing chemo therapy. His friend Hannah Means-Shannon has more on the situation.
While Seth has been fighting this with the spirit we all knew he would, it has been determined that he needs a bone-marrow transplant, and he is looking for a donor. His wife, Tara sent out the email below. Please join me in sending all the good wishes in the world to Seth, Tara and their son, Jackson, and if you can help in other ways here’s how to do it.
From Terra Kushner, wife of Seth Kushner:Bone Marrow Donations for Seth Kushner
As you may know, Seth will need a bone marrow transplant. His transplant doctor is starting the process to search for potential donors through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which maintains a national registry of potential matching bone marrow donors. Many of you have inquired about how you can find out if you qualify to be a potential donor.
Basically what you do is register via online or phone & swab your cheek. Here are a couple organizations you can use.
Delete Blood Cancer – I personally went to this website, registered online from my iPhone, received a swap in the mail with 24 hours, mailed back the swab & was told it will show up in the register within 3 weeks. They claim to be the quickest.
National Donor Registry – this is the registry that is directly associated with the NMDP.
More specific details are laid out on the websites above. If you decide you want to be a donor, you can:
• register online (they will send you a kit through the mail to swab your cheek that you will mail back- prepaid postage included)
•go to an approved center to swab your cheek (locations listed on sites)
•organize a bone marrow donation drive or “swab” party.
As far as I can see, the basic criteria for potential donors are:
•lives in the US
•not in the US military
•haven’t already joined the registry
•willing to be a potential donor to anyone*
*Perhaps the most important point about volunteering through the national registry is that you cannot specifically sign up to donate to Seth. It is a big commitment to join the registry, and your efforts can be enormously rewarding, but the process is designed to find patients anywhere in the country or world who may benefit by being a match to you. Therefore it does not provide an option to specify who you wish to help.
I’ll keep you updated on the matching process as things move along.
Let’s pray that we quickly get a donor!
— with Seth Kushner.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.