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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 !!!!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gift of Life is a very compassionate organization.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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