Because of the incredible work by Gift of Life, I was given a bone marrow transplant last year. Gift of Life has given me a second chance at life. I got to meet my donor because of them this February. I’m so thankful for that experience, and I now work as a Campus Ambassador. I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing organization.
Though hospital regulations were strict due to the pandemic, I recently had the incredible opportunity to donate PBSCs through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. I cannot begin to describe the awe and reverence that I felt while going through this process. Gift of Life supported me throughout and ensured that I was informed and cared for. More importantly, the registry gave patients hope. They facilitated the saving of a life simply by encouraging me to do a simple cheek swab a couple years ago. The numbing of human response to the pain of others has grown to tragic heights since the start of the pandemic, and it is especially important in this surreal time to look beyond ourselves. Whether you are interested in getting swabbed or not (and I highly recommend that you do), I urge everyone to fight against this personal and societal numbing. We cannot allow one person or one million people to just be another statistic.
I've been following Gift of Life's growth for almost 15 years now. The innovation that their leaders have developed in that time has helped numerous lives. From being one of the first donor registries to implement swab testing, to opening an apheresis center that gives donors a warm and inviting experience, Gift of Life makes the donors the focus of saving lives. It all started as a family effort, but it has grown to a global, generational effort that still has the family touch. Whenever someone asks what charity to support for a donation or for a mitzvah project, I always direct them to Gift of Life, and so do others in my family. Cancer and bone marrow transplant is an unknown fear that isn't real until it touches you personally. Gift of Life has given hope to so many, and continues to with its innovation and it's human touch.
Gift of Life is such a great organization on an amazing mission to save lives, one donor at a time. They really put donors and their families first and make sure they have an easy experience throughout the entire process from signing up to donation day. To think that it all started out with one person 25 years ago who didn't want anyone else to have to go through what he did to find a donor to now seeing how many lives have been saved is truly miraculous. Even in the face of Covid-19, their mission has not stopped and will not stop until everyone finds a donor.
I was first introduced to Gift of Life on a trip during my sophomore year of college. At that time, I had no idea what a bone marrow donation was or what they were used for. I joined the bone marrow registry that day because it seemed like a little action on my end that would potentially make a major difference in someone else’s life. When I got back to school after that trip, I started researching more into bone marrow transplants and decided to connect with Gift of Life to see if there was more I could do in addition to joining the registry. I’ve been working with Gift of Life as a campus ambassador for almost two years now and have learned so much about this great organization and the work they do. It took almost a year for my effort to be realized when I received an email saying that someone I helped register matched with a patient in need of a transplant. Although I played a very small role in connecting these two people, I knew that the effects of this connection would be immeasurable. I have worked with a few non-profits in the past but none of them have given the support and guidance that Gift of Life has given me.
As a two-time leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, I was immediately drawn to Gift of Life and its mission. I was blessed to have my brother as a match and my donor, but most people (3 out of 4) are not as fortunate. I became a Campus Ambassador Intern for Gift of Life at the University of Florida in the Fall of 2019. Since then, I have added over 600 people to the registry and found two matches - one of which had a transplant. I know the work we are doing with Gift of Life is so important, and I am so proud to be a small part of an organization that saves so many lives.
I am going on my third year as a Campus Ambassador for Gift of Life Marrow Registry. I feel blessed and like I am a better person after working with them. Between the amazing staff and the actual ability to save lives, I would not change a thing. I will never forget my first match (08/22/19) to my first transplant (7/21/20) because it truly makes you feel great to know you helped save someone else. I was notified of my first transplant on my 21st birthday, and it was honestly the best birthday gift ever. I love that I was given the opportunity to volunteer with them and recommend that everyone gets involved in some capacity, whether it's swabbing, donating, or becoming a volunteer.
Being a Penn Campus Ambassador with Gift of Life this year has given me an incredible opportunity to help my community even in such unpredictable times. I can always count on the drives I run to put a smile on my face! At this time last year, I had absolutely no idea that I would be swept into Gift of Life's inspiring and much needed mission to ensure that every cancer patient can find their match. I registered at one of my own campus's drives in 2019 and was really struck by how dedicated and passionate all the volunteers were. I decided to apply to become a campus ambassador and was welcomed with open arms to an enthusiastic and wonderful team. As an Asian-American, the disparity that exists among patients of minority backgrounds in being able to find a match on the registry astounds me. I can't believe that I have the ability to help change these odds and reduce the disparity. I am so excited to continue to add more courageous and giving people to the registry!
I have supported Gift of Life Marrow Registry for years because they get results. When you donate money you can see what it is used for: real people get the chance to save someone's life. Patients whose faces you see and stories you learn about receive a lifesaving cure for leukemia, or sickle cell disease. Little kids who were born with a genetic disorder receive the bone marrow transplant that lets them live a normal life with a full lifespan. It's incredible work, and I am proud to be able to donate to them -- it isn't much, I'm no millionaire, but I prefer to support charities where I can see tangible results. Gift of Life is the best.
After being selected as a potential match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant, I knew I wanted to find a way to make a difference in the lives of others who are in need of a donor. Fortunately, I became connected to Gift of Life’s Campus Ambassador Program, where I can collaborate with other students and organizations at Brown University and the surrounding Providence community to play an active part in expanding the National Bone Marrow Registry. Gift of Life’s recruitment team has been incredibly supportive these past two semesters, connecting me to experienced mentors who have served as an excellent guide for the transition to virtual donor recruitment. On top of this, Gift of Life’s mission to expand the diversity of the registry solidifies my commitment to this wonderful organization, where I can now play a tangible role in reducing healthcare disparities for underrepresented minorities in the US and across the world. Although my donation ended up falling through, I am so thankful to have started my journey with Gift of Life, and I can’t wait to see how many lives can be helped over my next two years as a Campus Ambassador.
Gift of Life was an extraordinary organization before the pandemic hit, but what's really been amazing to see is how they've refused to back down to Blood Cancer even in the face of such unprecedented times and obstacles. Unfortunately, cancer does not stop for COVID-19, so neither can organizations like Gift of Life. While not having a cure/vaccine for COVID-19 may make many feel powerless, it has been extremely uplifting to fight another major disease and take back some "control"-all for the good of these patients and their families in need!
I am having wonderful experience volunteering for Gift of Life and I am especially inspired by the annual Campus Ambassador Program Symposium.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great Organization with a great cause. Truly saving lives one swab at a time!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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!
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 !!!!
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.
Truly amazing organization, mission, and community of leaders and volunteers. So happy to be a part of the Gift of Life family.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
A wonderful experience with Gift Of Life from start to finish!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have worked for Gift of Life for three years. This organization believes every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life and are determined to make it happen. I've worked for other nonprofits and I can honestly say that this one truly lives and breathes it's mission! Thanks to Gift of Life thousands of people have joined the registry and thousands of of lives have been saved!
I have been involved with Gift of Life since I was a kid and my cousin was diagnosed with CML. Since then, Gift of Life has become a huge part of my life. I was a part of their campus ambassador program in college and help out with the senior swab program. They use kindness and hard work to help get everyone swabbed. I guarantee that you'll never meet a more passionate and kind group of people. This is absolutely the kind of organization you want working with you.
I have worked with Gift of Life Marrow Registry for almost two years now. I have never met a more dedicated group of men and women. Gift of Life Marrow Registry is genuinely dedicated to helping others. They care about making a difference in people's lives, whether that be big or small.
I've been a volunteer with Gift Of Life for almost a year and a half now, and it's been an incredible experience. The organization is so thoroughly committed to helping patients with blood and bone cancers thanks to the extremely kind and compassionate staff. They are there for the donors every step of the way and do their best to ensure that the donation process goes smoothly. In addition, the organization is constantly finding exciting and innovative ways to get eligible, diverse individuals involved. Gift Of Life truly wants to shake up the game and it's always a pleasure to work with them.
I have been deeply involved with the Gift of Life Marrow Registry for five years (2011). They are an incredibly effective charity that is saving lives. They care about educating potential donors. They care about the patients who so desperately need a transplant and work hand-in-hand with them along their journey to finding a match and a cure. They are an organization designed like a family - one that I am so blessed to be a part of.
I was lucky enough to experience a donor and recipient meeting for the first time after a successful bone marrow transplant. Gift of Life is responsible for so many happy endings; this nonprofit does such incredible deeds: saving lives, providing support and hope to cancer patients, offering every person the chance to be a hero, and ultimately curing blood cancer! I feel so blessed to be apart of this amazing organization!
Gift of Life gives hope to cancer patients in need. For every person in need of a bone marrow transplant, this organization supports them and their loved ones by running drives all year if they have to, in order to find lifesaving matching donors. I cannot be more inspired and passionate about Gift of Life's mission to find match for anyone, at anytime, anywhere. They go above and beyond, and they remain super involved within the community and world to continue providing hope to all.
I'm a campus ambassador for gift of life and I love the amazing atmosphere and the family feeling of everyone! It makes me so happy to be helping others and the fact that I am do that with gift of life is the most precious thing in the world!
I became involved with this incredible organization 5 years ago when my 19 year old son got a call that he was a match. From the initial call through the entire donation process, the staff and volunteers at Gift of Life were with us all the way. Since that time, I have volunteered, help run drives, and have had the pleasure of getting to know the Gift of Life family.
I have been involved with Gift of Life since its inception. This is an organization of extremely dedicated staff, board and volunteers who go way beyond the norm. It takes so little to be swabbed and has the chance of being so helpful. I have had the honor and privilege of being a courier- delivering blood and bone marrow to hospitals and have met some of the recipients. "Thank-you" hardly covers all they want to say and I feel they don't need to thank me. I am in awe of the strength the family and the recipient have and am truly grateful to be associated with Jay and Gift of Life!
So many wonderful causes are in need of support.... So few can so directly show what the support does. It saves lives... Directly. I've been so blessed for our involvement with gift of life and the wonderful work they do!
I have been a volunteer for this organization in the past. I know people who have been given life because of this amazing none profit. The people who work for this organization are passionate and dedicated to saving lives. When I donate money to them, I know the money is being used to save lives.
I did not have direct experience but did hear about how they set up some great drives to get donors. They have done some outstanding work and have saved many lives.
When you see recipients meeting the donors who saved their lives for the very first time, you instantly know how important and special this organization is.
I originally got connected to Gift of Life when I was notified that I was match for someone. After my donation, I got more involved helping to lead registration drives and donating to support the organization. They have an amazing mission, tremendous leadership and are worthy of your support.
I have been a registered donor in this amazing organization since 2004, when my own husband was diagnosed with AML. It is founded by one of the most remarkable, compassionate individuals that I've had the honor of knowing. Jay's support and friendship throughout our cancer journey is as extraordinary as is his life-saving work. He stands a hero in the true sense of that word.
I have been a volunteer for years. It is such incredible and meaningful work! Thanks to Gift of life's efforts, many thousands of people have joined the registry and hundreds of people have been successfully matched!
I have been a volunteer since 1998! They have come a long way with helping save lives! Proud to be part of this great family!