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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 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 Jared S.

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

I've been involved with the Gift of Life family since swabbing my cheek with them in 2011. They have truly changed my life! I am so blessed that they became a part of my life and they are a truly one of a kind organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.