Medical Laboratory Sciences department hosts Gift of Life donor drive

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is proud to host a donor drive for The Gift of Life Marrow and Stem Cell Registry during the following days:

  • Noon-1 p.m. Nov. 6-9 in the Ahlberg Hall second floor lobby
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10 on the first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center

The collection process is quick and easy and just involves a simple cheek swab. Donors must be 18-35 years of age.

Gift of Life’s goal is to find a blood stem cell or marrow donor for every person who needs one around the world. Marrow and stem cells are used to cure over 100 blood disorders and cancers. Spread the word, come by and help save a life.

The Gift of Life Marrow and Stem Cell Registry started in 1991 to save the life of Jay Feinberg, a 23-year-old from New Jersey diagnosed with leukemia. Jay did not have a match in his family, so they launched a campaign to find the one person who could save his life. More than 60,000 donors joined the registry, providing matches for many people awaiting transplants, but not Jay. As hope faded, one last hopeful drive was held in May 1995. The last person to be tested that day was Jay’s perfect match. Jay founded Gift of Life so that no one else would ever have to wait for years to find a matching donor.