When matching donors are called to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells for patients in need of transplants, they are sent to regional collection facilities that are Gift of Life partners. These centers are selected based on many factors—including their qualifications, experience, reputation, and size—and are strategically located in parts of the country where Gift of Life has a critical mass of donors in its registry.
All of the centers have active transplant programs and are highly experienced in the collection of bone marrow and blood stem cells. Many are designated as comprehensive cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated collection centers must meet Gift of Life standards and participation criteria.
While many donors reside in locations that are proximate to Gift of Life regional collection centers, this is not always the case. Some donors will be asked to travel by air to a regional collection facility. In most cases, the facility chosen will be the one closest to where the donor lives, but this choice depends on scheduling and availability at that facility.
The Gift of Life staff strives to make the donation process as convenient as possible for donors, although we work within the constraints of the collection centers' schedules. When a regional center is unable to meet the required dates and timeline, Gift of Life may ask donors to travel to a different center, even though there is a center close to their home.
Gift of Life continues to work hard to develop relationships with a growing number of collection facilities in underserved areas.
- Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia, Dulles, VA
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
- Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
- Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
- New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY