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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 !!!!

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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!

2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Ronnie9

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Debra92

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Doula R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Yitzi Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

They were extremely supportive through out the process

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.