Survivor Stories

Evie Goldfine


In 2000, at the age of 53, Evie was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. She was widowed, with no siblings. She will never forget the day that her daughter asked, “Who will I go to for advice; who will take care of me?” Unfortunately, Evie had no good answer; because no one can take the place of a parent. If she died, her two children would have been alone without parents. Modern medicine kept her alive for five years with aggressive chemotherapy. And, in 2005, Evie’s life was saved by a transplant from a complete stranger who had enrolled in the Gift of Life registry. Because she had a successful transplant, she was able to witness the marriage of her daughter and the birth of her three grandchildren.

In 2009, Evie helped her long-time friend, Lisa Horowitz, through her bone marrow transplant and year-long recovery, by providing much needed support and encouragement. Evie has also been a long-time supporter of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation (GOL), and has even served as a courier for GOL, transporting bone marrow as far as Israel. Evie embraces life with an infectious spirit that is transmitted in just one smile, and has embraced Swab-a- Cheek, Save-a-Life’s mission with enthusiasm and dogged determination.

Evie was a member of its founding team, chief administrative officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Omnipoint Corporation. Since retiring from Omnipoint in 2000, Evie has been an active philanthropist, and has thrown herself passionately into the fight to cure cancer. She has established scientific grants supporting research and meets regularly with the recipients of these grants to gauge progress and keep up to date on the issues. She is a former board member of the Lymphoma Research Foundation and one of the founders and former board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. And now she is a current member of the Hematological Committee at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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