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Close to the Bone: How Australian Jews became blood marrow donors to the world

Dec 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
In the early 1990s, Yehuda Kaplan was gravely ill with lymphoma and was urgently seeking a bone marrow transplant—a lifesaving procedure that removes blood-forming stem cells from a healthy donor’s bones and transplants them into a person who does not have enough healthy blood cells, due to a serious illness. While the transplants are highly effective, they are quite rare, as they require both the donor and recipient to be a perfect genetic match.
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Happy Hanukkah: National Menorah Lighting Ceremony (photos)

Nov 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
On Sunday, Nov. 28, the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday, thousands attended the 2021 National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, just across from the White House in Washington D.C. Hanukkah always begins at sunset on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, according to the Jewish lunar calendar.
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A Full-Circle Moment

Nov 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
Following a seminar held on Nov. 12 in the Meehan School of Business, Professor Emerita of Biology Sheila Barry opened the floor to questions. In compliance with COVID guidelines, attendees were masked throughout the lecture, which focused on Barry’s recent stem cell transplant. Several audience members took advantage of the opportunity to ask about Barry’s experience with myelofibrosis, a bone marrow cancer that disrupts production of blood cells.
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I Donated Stem Cells Through The Gift of Life, and It Changed My Life

Nov 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
My first interaction with the organization Gift of Life, whose purpose is to facilitate bone marrow and blood stem cell donations in hopes of curing blood cancer, was in the winter of 2019 while I was in yeshiva in Israel. A representative from the organization spoke to us one evening about what they do, the importance of swabbing for potential matches and what could potentially happen if someone was a match.
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Gift of Life swab event at FSU adds bone marrow donor matches for registry

Nov 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
In an effort to help a pair of individuals in need who have connections to Florida State University, the Gift of Life at FSU hosted a donor drive Nov. 18, on Landis Green. With a quick cheek swab, participants joined a public registry and find out if they are a match for patients in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Two members of the FSU family are in search of a match. FSU alumna Rose Bradwell (’99) is a 45-year-old wife, mother, and physician assistant who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2020. Carter Soriano, the 10-year-old son of FSU alumni Tim (’02) and Lyndsay Soriano (’07), is battling aplastic anemia, a rare disease impacting his bone marrow and blood.
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Gift of Life finds bone marrow donors for FSU family

Nov 2021 MEDIA COVERAGE
It takes five minutes to save a life. For those in need of a bone marrow transplant, those five minutes can mean life or death. On Thursday, The Gift of Life hosted a registration drive at Florida State University to find new bone marrow and stem cell donor matches. It’s an effort to find matches for two of the university’s own community members.
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