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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

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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 !!!!

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

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.

1 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!

1 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.

1

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.

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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...

4 Holly C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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.

1 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.

1 Sharon K.1

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.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

1 Lindsay K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.