The beautiful phrase “Gift of Life” has always touched me with its double meaning. For me, as a donor, I was supposedly helping to give another person the gift of another chance at life. But with each passing day, I feel that the title of “donor” gives me too much credit. I was the lucky one. I was the recipient.
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.
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.
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. If ever there was an argument that peer pressure is a good thing, this was probably it. The drive was held at a charity event Jonathan had helped organize in New York City to benefit Bet Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, Israel.
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.
Sharon Steiff was my 8th grade English teacher at Maimonides School in Brookline, MA. She was diagnosed with leukemia during my sophomore year of high school and passed away in January of my junior year after being unable to find a match for a bone marrow transplant.
In May 2011, Bayla was mourning the loss of her aunt, who had died of breast cancer. It was then that she received a call from Gift of Life informing her that she was a match for someone else who was battling cancer. She immediately thought, “How could I not try and save this lady’s life? If my aunt could have been saved by a stem cell or bone marrow transplant and there was a match who didn’t want to donate, I would be devastated. So how could I do that to another family?”
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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