5,000 donors added to marrow registry through McKesson Foundation partnership
In honor of World Cancer Day, Gift of Life is proud to announce that its partnership with the McKesson Foundation has resulted in 5,000 committed donors joining the international marrow registry. The McKesson Marrow Drive campaign, which began in January 2016, has led to six matches and a successful marrow transplant in March 2017.
Gift of Life extends its heartfelt thanks to every McKesson employee, family member and friend who has joined the registry in the hopes of saving the life of a patient battling blood cancer.
The McKesson Foundation provides financial support for the campaign, which recruited donors by holding internal registration drives during voluntary biometric screenings, a “friends and family” referral campaign, and sponsorship of drives with a focus on McKesson’s partner universities and the communities where its employees live and work.
"The McKesson Foundation deeply appreciates our partnership with Gift of Life Marrow Registry and values our shared commitment to the fight against cancer."
McKesson relies on the close involvement and support of the company's network of employee resource groups, reflecting the urgent need for marrow donors of diverse backgrounds. The Foundation is continuing its efforts to grow the registry and enable more lifesaving matches for those suffering from 80 forms of blood cancers and inherited immune disorders.
“We are truly grateful for the steadfast dedication and commitment of McKesson employees and the Foundation who join us in our fight against blood cancer,” said Jay Feinberg, Founder and CEO of Gift of Life Marrow Registry. “In just a short period, we have already found matches for patients, proving the value of this partnership. That number will only continue to grow.”
“The McKesson Foundation deeply appreciates our partnership with Gift of Life Marrow Registry and values our shared commitment to the fight against cancer,” says Christine Lopez, President of the McKesson Foundation. “We are proud that through their support of the drive, McKesson employees are offering hope to patients in need. As we pause to celebrate this milestone, we also look forward to our continued collaboration to help more patients find a lifesaving match.”
McKesson is a sponsor of Gift of Life’s Steps for Life 5k Run and Walk, held annually in Boston.