Jonathan describes the night in 2010 when he decided to swab his cheek and join Gift of Life’s registry as an “everyone was doing it” moment. The drive was held at a charity event Jonathan had helped organize in New York City. Jonathan got the call that he was a potential match for a patient needing a transplant, and it was a call that changed his life.
In 2004, Eric lost his friend to breast cancer, and that loss spurred his need to do something to help others. So, he joined the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry. He attended a drive in Toronto in 2004 and signed up to become a volunteer donor.
When donor Scott Spicer returned to California after he donated his blood stem cells in October 2007, he knew that what he had just experienced in New York was something unique.
When 21 year old Casey donated bone marrow to a 57 year old woman with chronic leukemia, Gift of Life's Donor Services Director described her as a spirited young woman who showered every nurse, doctor and coordinator with hugs and expressions of gratitude. Selfless and inspiring are two adjectives that describe this heroic young lady.
“Act as if everything depends on you, Pray as if everything depends on G-d.” This quote summarizes my belief in Judaism, a higher power, and self-efficacy. I grew up donating blood every 2 months with my Dad, so it was a natural fit for me to agree to a cheek swab at a Gift of Life Donor registry at Temple Kol Ami Emmanuel in Plantation, Florida in 2002.
When 21 year old Jared was encouraged by his parents to register as a bone marrow donor in July of 2011 while at Camp Young Judaea , he didn’t think he would be called so quickly. Just one short year after joining the registry, Jared found himself donating peripheral blood stem cells to a patient diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Two years ago this November, Aalap was sitting at the Starbuck’s on Butler University’s campus doing homework. The pharmacy student decided to swab his cheek with other classmates and join Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation’s international registry. Like many who swab their cheeks, Aalap did not think that one day he would be called upon to save a life.
She was not the kind of match my mother would have normally approved of. Frankly, wasn’t the kind of match anyone would typically approve of. You see, I had never met this woman before and didn’t even know her name. For all I knew she may have been married with children.
Over a decade ago, Marshal Davis, now 31, was a fencer and an aspiring lawyer attending the University of Florida. Two years ago he received a life-altering call from Gift of Life: he was a match for a 5 year old boy.
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