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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Brianne M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Yitzi Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

They were extremely supportive through out the process

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a great organization! My father was a bone marrow donor and I am in the national registry myself, thanks to Gift of Life. I've seen firsthand the amazing work they do, and they deserve all the praise and support.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Life helped us run a bone-marrow drive to find a match for our nephew. Everyone in the organization was kind, knowledgeable, and ready to help in every way possible. I will always be grateful to the amazing team working at Gift of Life.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with “Gift of Life” for several months. I chose “Gift of Life” after doing some research, because I was seeking a top-rated, well-run organization with a meaningful purpose for which to volunteer.
I have found “Gift of Life” to be all that…….and more! It’s a great group of caring, dedicated people, all working together to save lives!! What an inspiring environment!! And everyone is so appreciative of my time spent helping out! I am proud to be associated with this fine organization.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I received a bone marrow transplant a month before my 20th birthday. Since I have recovered and returned to college, I have been volunteering for gift of life. They offer helpful phone training and are a fantastic cause. They are doing a great job of raising awareness and adding potential donors to the registry. They are undoubtedly helping the cause to fight leukemia and lymphoma and save lives like my own.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a stem cell transplant recipient. My match was found through Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. I always wanted to meet my donor but never thought that meeting my donor would change my life to the extent that it has. Gift of Life facilitated that meeting and has done so much more! The Foundation introduced us in June of 2015 at a big Gala. It was magical. Gift of Life not only gave me the chance to live but it gave me a whole new support group, set of friends and family. I look back and think, "wow there really is a silver lining to a near death experience". The silver lining is this -- GOL and my donor have become part of our family. I see just how hard the Foundation works to raise money and find donors I love being a part of it (Everyday I wish that I could do more).
Gift of Life left such a profound impression on our youngest daughter (a junior at the University of Florida) that she immediately wanted to find out how she could get involved. She is representing Gift of Life at Florida through the Campus Ambassador program. She started a new club on campus, "Gators Give Life". She has swabbed over 1,000 students and through her work 2 matches have been found. Gift of Life is spreading the word that donors are ALWAYS needed. GOL is working hard to expand every avenue to get donors and the funds to support the incredible expenses that go along with the process from start to finish. I can't say enough positive things about this organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be a part of the Gift of Life family. My cousin Brian is alive today because he received a life saving donation 12 years ago. My other cousin Jonathan was fortunate to be called as a donor a few years ago. I am lucky to be able to volunteer with this amazing organization. I enjoy being part of the events they organize and working alongside such an amazing group. The staff at Gift of Life are the most amazing and generous individuals I have ever met. They work tirelessly for this cause. I am truly honored to call them family. My hope is to be called as a donor so I can experience giving the Gift of Life to someone in need.

Susan

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is the most impressive nonprofit organization I have ever encountered! As a physician I have encountered the hope and miracles that bone marrow transplants provide for those in need, and there is no greater organization than Gift of Life that could provide such. The employees are so pleasant to work with, inspiring and motivational. They are organized, productive, and masters of fundraising. They are truly a nonprofit to emulate!

3 Judy160

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be alive if it were not for gift of life. My stem cell transplant donor came through gift of life's efforts to reach out to young people and ask them to swab their cheek and put their DNA in the national database.
I received a stem cell transplant two years ago. I am eternally grateful to the good work that gift of life does on behalf of those of us who would not survive without this life-saving treatment.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a life-saving donor with Gift of Life and have remained a dedicated volunteer. They save lives and do great work! - Rabbi Greg Kanter

2 msprach

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After matching and donating through Gift of Life registry, I've continued to stay involved with this great organization for the last 4 years. Everyone at GOL has been great to work with and I've enjoyed volunteering in the tri-state area. Between walks, networking events, swabbing drives, and fundraisers, they are a world-class organization that truly believes in their cause and strives to match as many donors to recipients as possible.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that is passionate about finding matches for patients who suffer from blood cancers or genetic disorders!

3 Tucker2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A really dedicated group of people. Gift of Life has a great strategy and comes through with real, life-saving results. Being a volunteer turned employee, I have seen the foundation run at all levels, and they are all about doing everything they can to help make a real difference for people suffering from terrible diseases.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is so amazing! I became part of a family and now I will never feel alone and never give up! They are so special and I am so great full!

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am so excited!! I just hit the 20 year mark for my bone marrow transplant!! I never would have thought that I would make it this far, God has been good to me.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life has truly changed my life, and more importantly, my view on life and how I often take my health for granted. I knew I wanted to help others, but was never exactly sure how. After applying to be a campus ambassador for Gift of Life and attending the training symposium recently in August, I discovered that this is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing - assisting those that are suffering with blood cancer and ultimately save their life. I was unsure as to what I was getting myself into, but I can assure you that it was the best decision I had ever made. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this organization, and eager to see what impact I can make on people's lives and the fight against cancer.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Gift of Life for over a year and I wouldn't change a second! From the start, Gift of Life has been more than amazing. All the staff and fellow volunteers are extremely passionate and also very kind. They are easy to get along with and have become a second family. They continue to inspire me every day. The work I have been doing (running registration drives on my college campus) has been very rewarding and I hope to continue working with Gift of Life for a long time!

5 Laura249

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past October I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to be involved as a donor through the Gift of Life. The Gift of Life provided me with everything and more I needed before, during and after my donation. I now serve as a Campus Ambassador for them, and I am continuing to learn how amazing this organization is and how much it means to everyone who works for them. They are constantly looking for input as to how they can better their organization and truly listen. They have adopted a new and amazing opportunity, CAP, which allows them to expand the amount of swabbing, diversity of swabbing and fundraising, as well as PR and media relations. They are truly a special group of people and will not stop until blood cancers are cured and I could not be more excited and happy to be associated with them!


5 Gracie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with gift of life for over a year and they are such an amazing organization! Everyone at the foundation is so impressive and their dedication to the cause is inspiring!
They have implemented innovative ways to increase the size, diversity, and funding for the bone marrow registry such as Speed Swabbing and the Campus Ambassador Program, as well as increasing the PR and media attention surrounding the importance of the bone marrow registry. They also work hard to make all of their volunteers feel very appreciated and special and are there every step of the way for donors and recipients for which they facilitate transplants.
The work they do truly saves lives!
I feel so grateful to be a part of the foundation!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a truly selfless organization dedicated to serving the needs of people around them who are affected by blood cancers and disorders. This organization is really a "whatever it takes" group of people, using creativity, fun, and heartfelt service to provide needs. By working to expand the bone marrow registry, Gift of Life is truly in the process of saving countless lives.

5 Aaron43

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life makes the possibility of a cancer-free life a reality for so many people! It is such an incredible organization dedicated to changing the lives of people with leukemia and other blood diseases. With them, people everywhere have found matches and had a second chance at life.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am truly honored to be working at Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. It’s such a great organization and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to work with such wonderful staff and volunteers. It’s also very rewarding knowing how important each and every person’s role at Gift of Life really is, as we’re all helping give critically ill patients a second chance at life! I always encourage friends and family to join the registry and spread awareness about bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

There are so many great ways to get involved as Gift of Life hosts many bone marrow drives and events all over the United States and in Israel. My most memorable moment with Gift of Life is the day my husband, John Engler and I attended the annual Walk for Life in Boca Raton, FL. I encouraged John to join the registry and complete a cheek swab. A couple of years later, John received a phone call that he was a match for a patient in need of a stem cell transplant. John and I were absolutely ecstatic and of course he said "YES!" to donating his stem cells. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to save someone’s life!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a remarkable organization dedicated to caring for those who have Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other blood related diseases.

I am so proud to be working for an organization that can give people a second chance at life.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is an amazing organization that saves the lives of critically ill patients with life-threatening illnesses. As a member of the 'Gift of Life family', there is nothing more rewarding than knowing that I am helping to give patients a second chance at life! I would like to encourage others to partner with and support Gift of Life. You, too, will feel rewarded and will truly be inspired by their life-saving work!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be a part of Gift of Life and I really enjoy working here since we are helping to save the lives of hundreds of patients in need. Gift of life is a wonderful organization and this is the only bone marrow registry in the world founded and directed by a transplant recipient. This non profit foundation is well organized and continuously working with leukemia patients and their families in their difficult time to find a match and save the life.

I am honored to be a part of Gift of life's life saving mission.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is an incredible organization that saves lives. Everyone at the Organization works incredibly hard to make its vision - A match. Anytime. Anywhere. For anyone - a reality. Bone marrow drives are run all across the country to educate and recruit eligible donors to join the registry. Fundraisers, such as the Walk for Life and Partners for Life Gala, are held to raise money to offset the costs associated with testing new donors. Volunteers devote their time to raise awareness about the importance of the cause. I feel very lucky to be involved with Gift of Life and look forward to one day seeing its vision a reality.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over 20 years ago I went to Belarus to help a friend look for his genetic needle in a haystack. I was not successful in my efforts. But thankfully, through others efforts, Jay found his match. Today over 1900 other human beings have had a second chance at life due to his and his families selflessness. No better example shows willingness to help others and make the world a better place. A privilege to be involved.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a wonderful organization. There are many ways to be able to become involved. You can join the registry to become a bone marrow or stem cell donor. You can financially donate. You are also able to become involved by volunteering in many different ways. One of my most favorite ways to become involved is to participate in their annual Walk for Life here in Boca Raton, FL. They also have walks that are being held in more and more locations throughout the US, so be sure to check this out.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saved my life!!! I'm a transplant recipient and my donor was from Gift of Life!!!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a courier for Gift of Life and did extensive travel delivering marrow. I saw the way that the Gift of Life staff worked with the donors and the amount of time they put in to make sure the product transfer was done correctly. I saw firsthand how the staff at Gift of Life made sure the donors were accommodated for all their needs and that the end result hopefully would be a positive reaction to what I was delivering. I think that anyone requiring the services of Gift of Life would be more than happy with the staff the service and the way they accommodate everyone to ensure a smooth experience.

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Jay F. 07/06/2015

Thank you for your service to the organization and helping to save lives!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is an amazing organization committed to give many a second chance in life.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible organization completely focused on helping to save the lives of individuals who have had the terrible misfortune of requiring a bone marrow transplant to survive.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor and a privilege to work at the Gift of Life. I am touched everyday by the caring, altruistic donors and the dedicated, compassionate staff.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never seen a company that works as hard as each person here. From the moment you enter the building, you can literally feel the love. This company takes pride in what they do. Its not just a 9-5 for them. Every one is compassionate and doesnt stop until the job is done. Every where you turn, there is always a smiling face. I am beyond honored and delighted to work here.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a very compassionate organization.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful, caring organizaion. They do everything in their power to provide the most precious gift - THE GIFT OF LIFE!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found out my husband needed a transplant I did not know where to turn. My initial research scared me. It showed finding a donor and the amount of money it would cost was over whelming. Someone told me about Jay Feinberg. From that initial phone call I knew we were in good hands. Jay and the gift of life just took over. Thank you to The Gift of Life for getting us thru a very difficult time in our life

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having volunteered with Gift of Life for 7 years, I feel it has truly inspired me to strive to help others. Something so simple as swabbing a cheek can give hope to those who so desperately need it is vital.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life does a fantastic job helping to save people's lives. They have a hands on approach and are there each step of the way for the donor. It truly is a wonderful organization that does wonderful things!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with the organization because I believe in its' core mission of helping children and adults find the matches they in need in the hope of curing leukemia, lymphoma and genetic diseases.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for Gift of Life for almost 5 months now. It truly is a wonderful company to work for. I have seen all of the hard work that goes into finding that perfect match and it is amazing to see the results. This company is dedicated to saving lives and I am proud to be working here.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 2 years being affiliated with Gift of Life has been truly rewarding and sobering. The work they do can very well help save the life of one of your friends or family members. Learning about their special work has expanded my view of the world and enhanced my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm actually an employee, and I'm very proud of the work that Gift of Life does to save lives. Gift of Life's Executive Director is a leukemia survivor who received a bone marrow transplant, and founded this organization to help others in similar situations. He is completely and utterly dedicated to the mission of making sure that every patient who needs a match can find a match, and he is truly a visionary at all levels. I can actually say that I love my job. How many people can say that??

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Gift of Life when I was in college, and as any long time volunteer with the org. will tell you, it has been a very meaningful experience. Just yesterday (Oct. 3), I received a voice mail from an old friend who wanted to let me know that a Bone Marrow Drive that we organized for GOL 3 years earlier had just resulted in a new match for a blood cancer patient (the 2nd from that drive). The joy I felt is infinitesimal to the hope and help that GOL offers it's patients.
-Avi Gitler

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working closely with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation in Boca Raton, FL and have to say that their quality of expertise and ability to help people in need is unsurpassed. The staff is most helpful and their quality of expertise of truly commendable.

If you ever are in need of expertise with bone marrow or stem cell donations, I strongly suggest you look at the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. They truly do an excellent job!

1 MiniChyk

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I would have to say that Gift of Life has a unique quality which it offers patients and donors in which it serves. They have a hands on approach and is there each step of the way for both patient and donor. Patient's also have a unique experience as they have the luxury of working with a knowledgeable staff and CEO who is also a Transplant Recipient who can give first hand perspectives of what to expect when going thru the search process and transplant.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privledge to be associated with Gift of Life for over 5 years. During that time I have heard of numerous stories of lives saved and have worked with dedicated staff and volunteers. The start of Gift of Life came from a desparte need to save one life - and has turned into saving thousands of lives. This is a true story of how one person can truly make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gift of Life does a fantastic job helping to save people's lives. I have had the privilege of talking to people who have relatives who are still with us today because of Gift of Life. All staff working with a donor are extremely supportive. A truely worthwhile cause. AY

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteered for them approx. 5 years ago when they ran a drive for a little girl with cancer. The staff were very passionate about what they were doing. In fact i would feel comfortable saying that the way they interacted with the family, you would think they were related. It really made me feel good about what i was doing. I really felt that i was making a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the recipient of a bone marrow transplant and my donor came from Gift of Life! I am now an 18 year leukemia survivor post-transplant. Without Gift of Life, I wouldn't be alive today. THANK YOU!

1 June G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 1992 I volunteered for Jay to find his bone marrow donor in an office in NJ. I was bringing along our newborn daughter for 4 months! Now today she and my husband & I are all in the registry! We thought that Once Jay found his match, he could get on with his life as it was...BUT NO!!! He promised he would continue to serve the Gift Of Life in search of Bone Marrow donors, like Becky who saved his life! He never stops! He is a HERO and so is the Gift Of Life who's work saves lives everyday! In 2011, our youngest child raised money through a Donor Circle to benefit GOL for her Bat Mitzvah!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly wonderful organization, that does truly wonderful things!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most marvelous thing anyone can ever contribute to save someone else's life...I am going to look into getting this kit & do my part in contributing..I have a list of things i would like to do...This is truly beautiful, easy, & it will save a life. I know how I would feel if someone would do this for me..I had even thought of someday donating an organ to help someone...Think how rewarding knowing u did something kind like this for another human being in great need..
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2 Jay F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Life saved my life by finding a bone marrow donor for me. I have also witnessed Gift of Life touch the lives of hundreds and hundreds of other patients. It is my honor and priviledge to give back in any way I can.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 dberger1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MISSION: Gift of Life facilitates bone marrow transplants for patients around the world by increasing the representation of donors of Jewish ethnic ancestry in the international registry. SERVICES: Recruitment Development Community recruitment campaigns are undertaken to register volunteers within the network. Tissue type is inherited, and the worldwide donor pool is not representative of all ethnic and racial groups. The Foundation’s recruitment strategy focuses on genetic diversity, specifically to increase overall Jewish ethnic representation within the international donor pool. Patient Advocacy Counsel patients and their families about the intricacies of the donor search process, including strategies for extended family studies and international unrelated donor searches. The goal is to ensure that each patient has complete access to all sources of stem cells worldwide. Public Education The Foundation attempts to increase public awareness of the need for unrelated marrow and blood stem cell donors through a variety of media campaigns and published materials. Transplant Coordination The Foundation manages a registry of volunteers willing to participate as stem cell donors should they be matched with patients needing transplants. The database is made available to transplant centers in the United States and abroad, as well as the search coordinating units of other domestic and foreign registries. The Foundation processes patient search requests, orders additional testing of potentially matched donors, and facilitates the ultimate collection and delivery of donor grafts to the transplant centers. Patient Assistance The Foundation endorses a long-standing pro bono policy of providing testing services without charge to patients who lack sufficient medical insurance coverage or personal financial resources. The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation was established in 1991 as a donor recruitment organization to help save the life of New Jersey leukemia patient Jay Feinberg. Between 1991-95, the organization launched an ambitious grassroots campaign to recruit donors of Eastern-European Jewish ethnicity throughout North America and abroad. Over the course of four years, 60,000 donors registered with the National Marrow Donor Program in the United States, as well as other national registries in Canada, Israel and many other countries through Gift of Life's campaign. In 1995, the very last donor tested turned out to be Jay's match, and he was transplanted in Seattle. Although it started as a grassroots effort to save one life, the campaign facilitated transplants for hundreds of other patients also in need of donors. Gift of Life's mission did not end with Jay's successful transplant. The organization is as vibrant and dynamic today as the day it was founded. Today, Gift of Life manages a registry of over 120,000 bone marrow donors and a bank of over 800 umbilical cord blood units. Since 1991, Gift of Life has facilitated transplants for over 1,500 patients in need, over 400 of them from 2002-2007 alone. During that same time period, Gift of Life made 4,400 matches and processed 18,100 searches for patients worldwide. One in 1,000 of the donors in Gift of Life's registry are called to donate their marrow or blood stem cells each year, a statistic that exceeds by twofold the international average. Gift of Life is an associate donor registry of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and a participating member of the worldwide registry Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide. In addition to its accreditation from the NMDP for its Marrow Donor Registry, Gift of Life's Cord Blood Program at UMass is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Gift of Life also holds state tissue banking licenses required for its activities. Gift of Life has been a leader in the world of donor registries. It was the first to: utilize bloodless (buccal swab) testing routinely at donor recruitment drives; launch an online registration system for donors to join the registry; establish a Jewish umbilical cord blood bank; establish a donor registry dedicated to recruitment in the Jewish community; develop a secure online system that made it possible for transplant centers and international registries to search and request donors real-time for their patients; fully type donors on a routine basis; become a domestic associate donor registry of the National Marrow Donor Program; establish formal recruitment partnerships with Jewish campus groups, making the recruitment priority to enroll younger donors who will remain in the registry longer, facilitating more transplants over time. Many other registries and recruitment groups have followed Gift of Life's lead by adopting its ideas and initiatives, and many have come to Gift of Life in order to seek advise, train with its leadership and take Gift of Life's strategies home with them to implement in their own communities around the world. Gift of Life is proud to share its expertise with worldwide registries for the benefit of patients everywhere. Gift of Life has been publicly recognized for its achievements and work helping the Jewish community. Most notably, Gift of Life's founder, Jay Feinberg, is the inaugural recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize and the National Marrow Donor Program's Allison Atlas Award. Jay is also the recipient of the Hadassah International World Citizenship Award. Most recently, Jay received an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. My wife and I, along with our children are Advocates, Volunteers, Ambassadors, Recruiters and Swabbers for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. We have tested over 20,000 people and thereby found matches for several hundred patients and the number will grow every day. It is our life's mission and hope that we have enough in the registry to find a match for anyone that may need it.