Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

Rating: 4.98 stars   60 reviews


800 Yamato Road Suite 101 Boca Raton FL 33431 USA


Gift of Life cures blood cancer through marrow donation by striving to find a match for every patient in need, whenever they need one.


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Target demographics:

Patients of All Ages, Recruiting donors age 18-45

Geographic areas served:

Throughout the United States


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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Gift of Life since I became a bone marrow donor in 2011. I do not have to tell you that they are a great organization. The actions of the organization speaks for themselves. They are constantly running events whether it's the Walk for Life or their annual dinner in order to build up their registry to help patients in need. They are always looking for ways to improve as an organization. Their dedication is tremendous. As a volunteer and a donor, it is a privilege and an honor to be part of such a world class organization!

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As a donor with Gift of Life, I believe in their mission to save lives and have witnessed first hand the reality of a second chance at life they create for children and adults. Their CAP (Campus Ambassador Program) campaign is blazing a trail in awakening altruism in the Millennial Generation and adding more and more potential donors to the registry. Volunteering for Gift of Life not only helps raise awareness in communities they are active in, it provides a sense of self reward and fulfillment knowing you are truly making a difference in someone life.

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3 people found this review helpful

Gift of Life has changed many, many lives for the better - including my own. I had the honor of donating my bone marrow to a 4 year-old boy suffering from leukemia. Today, he is a 12 years old and completely cancer-free. We see each other often and I have seen him grow up into an extraordinary young man. In the meantime, I have seen countless other similar stories. I am proud to be a member of the Gift of Life family and wish others could experience the same feeling.

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2 people found this review helpful

This Foundation changed my life. It is often understated the tangible benefits for not only the transplant Recipient, but the Donor as well. Yes, my Recipient, a 62-year-old woman from Chicago, was given a second chance at life. She is cancer free and happier than ever.

As the donor, I found meaning in passion in my young life. I had the absolutely incredible opportunity to donate just after my 19th birthday. I was a businesses student studying Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at Syracuse University. It's not that I was directionless or unmotivated; having the opportunity to give this gift made me see through to what is important in life and the power of altruism.

Thank you, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, for giving me the opportunity to provide such a wonderful Gift.

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This is from a speech I gave in March 2009: I joined the Gift of Life family in December 2001. It was quite a busy time in my life; I had just found out I was pregnant with twin! And I had a 2 year old toddler. After mailing in my cheek swab the whole event went to the back burner. I was busy with my twin newborn baby boys and my daughter. In between all the bottles and diaper changes I received a phone call from a woman, Mrs. Erhman, introducing herself as a volunteer from Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry. After listening to her tell me the news that I was an initial match to a patient needing a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell donation I was intrigued and curious to know more about how I could have been chosen to save someone’s life. Such a unique opportunity and I was the special one chosen! I was such a regular mom cooking mac and cheese, buying milk at the grocery store, taking my kids to play at the park,etc. What made me so special to have this chance to do the most wonderful mitzvah in the world? After learning more about the donation process I realized that it had nothing to do with what I did on a day to day basis but what G-d had given me in my body. My blood and stem cells were the miraculous match to help save this person’s life. It made it even clearer to me that G-d really is totally in charge of the world we live in. I didn’t go out and buy the lottery ticket from my corner store. The lottery found me! I donated my peripheral blood stem cells in May 2003 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Without the help of my mom and husband it would not have been possible. My husband supported and encouraged me and helped in every which way to help make my donation a possibility. It was the most amazing experience of my life (besides of course giving birth to my 3 children). It was with heartfelt prayers that my stem cells flew to Israel. One year later, May 2004, I met my recipient at the Annual Gift of Life dinner in New York City. That day my children, myself and my husband all gained a new Bubby (grandmother), Bubby Chaia AY”H. It was wonderful to share our lives and know that I was able to give her children and grandchildren their grandmother back. It was with a shock then that July 2004 I received a phone call from Gift of Life. My Bubby Chaia needed my stem cells again. Without a moments hesitation I said “just tell me where and when and I will be there.” So August 2004 my husband and I got to spend the day at Weil Corneil – Presbyterian Hospital for my second stem cell donation. We prayed that my stem cells would be the miracle cure that Bubby Chaia AY”H needed. It was with a saddened heart and tears in my eyes that I found out that Bubby Chaia AY”H passed away Rosh Hashana/September 2005. The prayer we say “Who by fire, who by sickness” took on new meaning that year. I made a vow to myself – my new year’s resolution. I will do everything I can to help the Gift of Life family. It is now 7 years after my first donation and Gift of Life has become my immediate family. I may be a busy mom who works as an office manager and then goes home to change hats into cook, homework tutor, laundry mat, carpool driver, etc but Gift of Life is still just as important to me. My children have heard me tell my experience over and over again at Gift of Life information seminars or just to relatives and friends. By having them hear it they know how important it is to try to help save a life. By showing them by example the see it as well as hear it. Every other month my husband and I donate blood to a child with cancer. Our children talk about how they will go into the Gift of Life registry when they are older; donate blood when they are 10 (because they will be big and strong at that age  - we keep reminding them they have to wait until 17). My daughter has been so influenced that she has grown her hair to donate to a child with cancer who needs a wig. By making Gift of Life a family event we make it part of our daily lives. And just like we all have time to breathe and eat we have time for Gift of Life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I was a life saving match for a patient needing a stem cell donation.

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

get more money to help fund the testing to find the life saving matches! (and get t-shirts for all the volunteers :-)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how all the hard work turns into miracle life saving matches.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

absolutely amazing. They are kind, patient, caring, loving and friendly. The best people to work with!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help find life saving matches for ALL patients in need.

Ways to make it better...

if nothing. My experience during my donation process and after as a volunteer and ambassador has been absolutely amazing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that people are scared and misinformed about the donation process. It's easy and simple to join - just a swab of the inside of your cheek. Donation is relatively easy and GOL is by your side the ENTIRE time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you couldn't find a better group of people to do this most special job. To be G-d's life saving angels.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Gift of life is an amazing organization that made helping someone else amazingly easy. They were there every step of the way during the stem cell donation process, and constantly checked in with me to see how I was doing and see what they could do. I really felt personally cared for from start to finish with this process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Was able to help save a man's life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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