Gift Of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

Rating: 4.97 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Health, Philanthropy, Cancer

Location: 800 Yamato Road Suite 101 Boca Raton FL 33431 USA

Mission: Gift of Life cures blood cancer through marrow donation by striving to find a match for every patient in need, whenever they need one.
Results: Up to the minute vital statistics on Gift of Life's accomplishments can be found here: http://www.giftoflife.org/Pages/Facts-and-Figures.aspx .
Target demographics: Patients of All Ages, Recruiting donors age 18-45
Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States
Programs: Registration drives are conducted to tissue type volunteer bone marrow donors and enroll them into the public registry. This is performed as a community service without charge to the donors. Gift of Life serves as a liaison between the donor, collection center and transplant center, providing case management services including all logistics involved in donor confirmatory testing, workup, harvest and follow-up.
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EIN 22-3131232
1-800-9-MARROW
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Gift of Life is an incredible organization that saves lives. Everyone at the Organization works incredibly hard to make its vision - A match. Anytime. Anywhere. For anyone - a reality. Bone marrow drives are run all across the country to educate and recruit eligible donors to join the registry. Fundraisers, such as the Walk for Life and Partners for Life Gala, are held to raise money to offset the costs associated with testing new donors. Volunteers devote their time to raise awareness about the importance of the cause. I feel very lucky to be involved with Gift of Life and look forward to one day seeing its vision a reality.

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3 people found this review helpful

Over 20 years ago I went to Belarus to help a friend look for his genetic needle in a haystack. I was not successful in my efforts. But thankfully, through others efforts, Jay found his match. Today over 1900 other human beings have had a second chance at life due to his and his families selflessness. No better example shows willingness to help others and make the world a better place. A privilege to be involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was a courier for Gift of Life and did extensive travel delivering marrow. I saw the way that the Gift of Life staff worked with the donors and the amount of time they put in to make sure the product transfer was done correctly. I saw firsthand how the staff at Gift of Life made sure the donors were accommodated for all their needs and that the end result hopefully would be a positive reaction to what I was delivering. I think that anyone requiring the services of Gift of Life would be more than happy with the staff the service and the way they accommodate everyone to ensure a smooth experience.

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Thank you for your service to the organization and helping to save lives!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Incredible organization completely focused on helping to save the lives of individuals who have had the terrible misfortune of requiring a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Having volunteered with Gift of Life for 7 years, I feel it has truly inspired me to strive to help others. Something so simple as swabbing a cheek can give hope to those who so desperately need it is vital.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes that I think should be made. What Gift of Life does helps so many in need who are suffering from cancer and other life threatening diseases. I would only want the opportunity to encourage others to join the registry and spread the word!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Gift of Life does a fantastic job helping to save people's lives. They have a hands on approach and are there each step of the way for the donor. It truly is a wonderful organization that does wonderful things!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm actually an employee, and I'm very proud of the work that Gift of Life does to save lives. Gift of Life's Executive Director is a leukemia survivor who received a bone marrow transplant, and founded this organization to help others in similar situations. He is completely and utterly dedicated to the mission of making sure that every patient who needs a match can find a match, and he is truly a visionary at all levels. I can actually say that I love my job. How many people can say that??

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

When I see opportunities for improvement, I bring them to the attention of management, and I feel that I always get a fair hearing, even if management chooses to deal with those opportunities in a different way than I would choose. There are even anonymous channels for employees to use to make suggestions. I see no need to make any suggestions here - this organization is great already, and keeps improving.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with Gift of Life when I was in college, and as any long time volunteer with the org. will tell you, it has been a very meaningful experience. Just yesterday (Oct. 3), I received a voice mail from an old friend who wanted to let me know that a Bone Marrow Drive that we organized for GOL 3 years earlier had just resulted in a new match for a blood cancer patient (the 2nd from that drive). The joy I felt is infinitesimal to the hope and help that GOL offers it's patients.
-Avi Gitler

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gift of Life does a fantastic job helping to save people's lives. I have had the privilege of talking to people who have relatives who are still with us today because of Gift of Life. All staff working with a donor are extremely supportive. A truely worthwhile cause. AY

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Back in 1992 I volunteered for Jay to find his bone marrow donor in an office in NJ. I was bringing along our newborn daughter for 4 months! Now today she and my husband & I are all in the registry! We thought that Once Jay found his match, he could get on with his life as it was...BUT NO!!! He promised he would continue to serve the Gift Of Life in search of Bone Marrow donors, like Becky who saved his life! He never stops! He is a HERO and so is the Gift Of Life who's work saves lives everyday! In 2011, our youngest child raised money through a Donor Circle to benefit GOL for her Bat Mitzvah!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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