About Speed Swabbing
Over a decade ago, Gift of Life Marrow Registry started collecting cheek swabs in lieu of blood samples at donor drives. This was a revolutionary moment in the history bone marrow donor recruitment. This innovation transformed the way donors became registered worldwide and it has been responsible for significant growth of the global registries.
Now, Gift of Life takes donor recruitment to the next level with Speed Swabbing®! Exclusive to Gift of Life, Speed Swabbing® enables recruitment groups to enroll donors without the need for up-front paperwork. Donors provide limited information, swab their cheeks, and enjoy the rest of their day with minimal inconvenience! Later, they'll receive an e-mail asking them to complete their registration online, including contact and preliminary health history information. Gift of Life's statistics show that donors who enroll in this way are 20 percent more likely to proceed when called as a match in the future.
Change is never easy, but with change comes opportunity. It took years before the registries of the world adopted Gift of Life's cheek swab method of recruiting donors at drives, and it paid off by helping thousands of patients find donors for the transplants they needed. Today, Speed Swabbing® ensures that the donors we recruit into the registry are deeply committed and responsive—the most important outcome for every patient searching for their lifesaving match!