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Gift of Life Marrow Registry

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Causes: Cancer, Diseases of Specific Organs, Health, Named Trusts, Organ & Tissue Banks, Philanthropy

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.

Community Stories

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Sandy S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no greater charity in the world than Gift Of Life. I would not be leaving this review if not for these wonderful people and the generosity of my donor. There are no limits in their search for donors to save the lives of the young or old. Please help support this amazing organization whether financially or by volunteering....Save a life !!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am having wonderful experience volunteering for Gift of Life and I am especially inspired by the annual Campus Ambassador Program Symposium.

Marc N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a group of amazing people with a unique and powerful drive to end blood cancer and to better the world. I have been working as a campus for GOL for about 8 months now and have loved every minute of it. Their impressive campus ambassador program is innovative and revolutionary. It gives College students the amazing opportunity to improve their professional and raw skills while simultaneously saving lives. I would 100% recommend every person, student or not, to get involved with this amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Gift of Life my senior year of high school as of course a high school ambassador. This was the start of my love and dream of one day building my own nonprofit, which is currently in the works. The GOL team has been nothing but kind, welcoming and encouraging. The message GOL sends out and the community it has built overwhelms me to tears. As now a college ambassador I am proud to be apart of such an amazing group of like-minded people who all have one goal. This goal is for every person battling with blood cancer to find a bone marrow or stem cell match. Thank you GOL, I will forever be apart of you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the most incredible experience volunteering for this nonprofit. I would recommend getting involved for anyone who has a personal connection or interest, or any young person who doesn’t want to wait until they grow up to make a difference. As a college student, it is so rare to have the adults in an organization care so deeply about the youngest people, but we are treated as essential to the mission and as a result, we became highly motivated to prove them right. I am thrilled about the opportunity to make a difference in my campus.

Ally M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is truly dedicated to saving lives. All of their staff support their mission wholeheartedly and are kind and easy to work with. It is a well structured organization that continues to grow because of the passion Jay Feinburg has for expanding the bone marrow registry.

Jake N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of learning all about the organization. Now that I have become an ambassador I cannot wait to go around and recruit as many people as possible so that everyone can live a happy, healthy, and long life! I hope to educate people on the process and hopefully save a few lives along the way!

Elizabeth M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the time that I’ve gotten to work with Gift of Life I have been given so many amazing opportunities, but the greatest has been the opportunity to save a life. Gift of Life took my personal experiences with cancer and allowed me to turn them into something incredible. This organization is absolutely the future, and I look forward to seeing them create a cancer free world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life provides people with a tangible way to save lives. Their mission is to create a cancer free world and they are on the cutting edge of doing just that. This nonprofit is run by the most caring and selfless people in the world and they constantly seek to put both the donor and the recipient first. They are truly world class.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is one of, if not THE most meaningful organization that I have had the pleasure of being a part of. Gift of Life works to save the lives of those blood cancer patients who have exhausted all other options for a cure. Gift of Life literally saves lives. The staff are all the most passionate, down to earth, driven, and sweet people I have had the privilege of meeting. I am so happy I got involved with this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Organization with a great cause. Truly saving lives one swab at a time!

Brendan N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was in high school I got the call that I could be someone’s life saving match but it was to late and the person died. The work gift of life is doing is changing that so no one will ever have to die because they can’t find a match.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started working here at Gift of Life in February 2019. At first, I thought this was just a job. Well, I quickly realized that working here was going to change my life. I have been working in the 'corporate' world for over 40 years, and never have I had a job like this!! I love coming to work! I love what we do! And I love feeling like I"m a part of it! This company saves lives!!!! How wonderful is that? I did not know much about the registry world. But once I became aware of what Jay Feinberg has done here, I was amazed. He and this company provide hope, help, and life!! I hope to be a part of this company for the rest of my career. People helping people. That's what it is all about. Give the Gift of Life to someone who needs it! Get swabbed today!

Donor

Rating: 5

4 years after getting on the registry I was notified by Gift of Life of being a potential match for a woman with Leukemia. A few tests later I was ready to get a physical to make sure I was healthy enough to donate. After a pretty thorough once over it was time to donate stem cells. The process was fairly straightforward with an explanation of how things work and what to expect. I was taken care of very well. After the donation we talked about the future and the recipient (a 38 year old female Jane Doe). There were a multiple of things that could happen and we prayed for the best. After 5 months we heard that the graph took and she was on her way to recovery. After a year I had to opportunity to find out her identity and then got a chance to meet her. This was such an emotional experience for both of us and all involved.I consider her family now and look forward to outings in the future as she lives about 500 miles away in Canada. We have kept in touch via mail and social media. Gift of life deserves so much credit for making this happen. They are a very organized operation and I can't say enough good things about their professional people who should be very proud of what they do. Never once in my experience did I feel uninformed or nervous about any of the processes they had me involved in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have dealt with Gift of Life Marrow Registry for years and I must say that the compassion and expertise is excellent. They are a warm caring group of people who daily saves lives and continue the quest to save more. Truly a dedicated foundation.

Nick A.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does incredible work for anyone in need of a (blood cancer related) stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Gift of Life helps people all over the world, no matter what background they come from, and that's a VERY powerful thing! Because as we all know... cancer doesn't discriminate. Not even a little. So do yourself a favor and check out their website to learn about all the amazing stories and events taking place, and join the registry today! There is nothing more impactful than saving another person's life, or being the recipient of such a gift. Allow yourself to be inspired! :)

https://www.giftoflife.org/posts/all

Sharon K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What takes just a few hours for a donor can give someone the rest of their lives. From the day Gift of Life opened their doors the goal has been to recruit donors to save the lives of those suffering from blood cancers and over 100 diseases. This commitment came from the founder and CEO's own experience looking for a match to save his own life. The entire organization share's his commitment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nothing is as glorious as seeing a donor meet the patient he saved. At Gift of Life, they work everyday for that moment- that miracle, magnificent, moment when a simple act of donating stem cells, turns into a happy ending for a patient who had no future.

Robyn M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of life is an incredible organization and inspires me everyday. The fact that it was started by one person who spends every day paying it forward is the true gift!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been known of Gift of Life for 10+ years and this truly has made a big impact on me as a person seeing the incredible work they do for the public. Donors and patients are treated as individuals and not numbers and get the love, respect and time they deserve. If you want to be in the best hands they are the ones!

1 Enna E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They facilitated my son’s transplant. And the words of gratitude are just not enough. We are beyond blessed to have this organization in our lives lives.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's been such a gift watching Gift of Life grow from a true mom and pop to an internationally respected medical resource that not only saves lives, but gives hope to those who need it most. The registry is a true treasure, made up of generous and heroic people who want to help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When you need a bone marrow registry fighting hard for you and your family - Gift of Life is second to none. All of their staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping families find a match to cure blood cancers. From arranging, orchestrating and running marrow drives, to finding press, and putting you in touch with others facing similar situations - Gift of Life has been an amazing organization to partner with.

2 Jared S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly amazing organization, mission, and community of leaders and volunteers. So happy to be a part of the Gift of Life family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is more than an organization. They are a family, a community, that deeply care about the work they are doing. Every event - from a donor drive, to a 5K, to a fundraiser - is filled with purpose. I am blessed to be a part of the Gift of Life family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift Of Life is trying to reach out to people of all different backgrounds. Unfortunately, cancer does not attack one specific group of people. GOL is reaching out to the world, little by little. The more people who have been swabbed, the greater are the chances of a match being found! Join us!

3 Emily K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOL is a miracle! I’ve worked with the program as a Senior Swabber at my high school, and it has made my job easy and pleasurable. GOL has always been super organized with materials needed for drives, responsive to issues, and amazing at communication. The cause that they stand for is very important, and they are most definitely making a difference in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life does incredible work! As a bone marrow donor it is so important to get the word out about registering and potential to save another person’s life. Gift of Life makes that amazing process easy.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent staff dedicated to help those in need. They do advocate and bring awareness into the communities they served about the importance of saving lives.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

What an incredible experience to be a part of something as great as Gift of Life Marrow Registry. They make it so easy for you to sign up, are very caring to get to know all of their donors on a personal level, and gives you the opportunity of a lifetime: to save a person's life. I can't help but think that would be the coolest experience to be able to say you've done in your lifetime, is that you've saved someone's life. I wish everyone would give this organization more attention, because it is very well-deserved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 25 years ago, I read of the plight of Jay Feinberg, a young man with leukemia who desperately needed to find a bone marrow donor who could save his life. At that time I coordinated two donor drives in Orange County and Westchester County. Throughout the years, I have maintained a connection to Jay, after his life was saved by an anonymous donor, and he had established Gift of Life Marrow Registry with his parents. When I bought a home in South Florida and realized that the Gift of Life National Headquarters was minutes from my home, I called to volunteer. I eventually established the Valencia Palms Gift of Life Club, and co-chaired the 2017 Steps for Life 5k and the 1st and 2nd Annual Gift of Life Pickleball Tournaments. Raising need funds to help Gift of Life fulfill their mission in saving lives, and coordinating swabbing drives to find potential donors, has become my passion. It is an incredible organization which works diligently to bring donors and recipients together . Together we save lives...

6 Holly C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience with Gift Of Life from start to finish!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life helped me save someone's life. I got called to be a PBSC donor to a stranger in need of a life-saving transplant. Within two months, my cells were on their way to him. A year and a half later, the latest I heard says he's in remission and able to get back to life with his wife and two children.

I'm not the hero of this story by any means, even though Gift of Life treats me like one. They, and their funders, are the real heroes. When I got cold feet after finding out that I would need to have a central line for PBSC collection, Gift of Life put me in touch with someone who had the same procedure at the same collection center. She and I talked and she put me at ease. A few months later, I was able to return the favor for another donor.

Without the resources and follow through from this amazing organization people would die, plain and simple. But they need money and volunteers to help with their mission. Your time and dollars help give people their lives back and change lives of donors all at the same time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before getting involved on a deeper personal level with Gift of Life, I was blown away by all the good they do. Watching a donor and recipient meet for the first time in person was even more impactful than it was watching it online. It's hard to believe that a stranger could save the life of someone they never met and that Gift of Life could put it all together.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They're an exceptional organization that focuses on better individuals and the community by allowing people to provide life saving treatment to people who would otherwise not be able to receive it. They make sure no one feel alone in their quest to finding a way to cure the horrible diseases that they might have while engaging the community to really make a difference in the lives of family members and also strangers.

2 Linda Barrocas N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At Gift of Life everyone has a passion has for every single donor or patient involved. Not a day goes by there is not a celebration of a donor giving selflessly or a financial contributor donating from their heart and of course all rejoice when a recipient finds a donor. They are truly the "Ritz Carlton" of bone marrow registries.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organization actually saves lives! When you join the registry you give a cheek swab for testing to see if you are a match for someone with cancer or some other conditions who needs a transplant to cure them. You might be a match for someone right away, or even years from now. This is one of my family's favorite charities because we know the money goes to save actual people. You can read the stories of donors and people whose lives were saved right on the website, and if there's an event near you, there are often donors and people who received transplants and were cured. It's a miracle of medicine, and thank you Gift of Life for doing this incredible work.