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Jay Feinberg Leads Transplant Patients in Celebration of Life

Dec 05, 2005 by Gift of Life News

In 1995, Jay Feinberg underwent a bone marrow transplant that saved his life at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Ten years later, he and over 500 other transplant survivors returned to Seattle to celebrate life at the Legacy for Life reunion. Jay was honored to serve as the emcee for the weekend, which included a celebration luncheon and dinner plus presentations on the latest research findings and workshops on topics of interest to former patients and their families. Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who received the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine for his pioneering work that led to the first bone marrow transplant, attended the reunion with his wife, Dottie.

Patients five or more years post transplant were invited to attend the reunion. In addition to emceeing opening and closing ceremonies, Jay participated in a Patient Panel focusing on the question, "What can I do?", where former patients were encouraged to share how they have answered that question for themselves in the years since their transplant. Participants discussed how they have used their experiences to help others.

According to Laura Welle, Reunion Coordinator, "Every patient who has returned home to their community has created a legacy that inspires us to continue our research towards finding cures. Through his wonderful work with Gift of Life, Jay has truly created a 'legacy for life'. We couldn't think of a better person to embody the spirit of this reunion and were thrilled to have Jay host the event with his special combination of talent and enthusiasm."