Gift of Life wins grand prize in World Marrow Donor Day contest

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BOCA RATON, FL – Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, an international bone marrow registry, celebrated the first- ever World Marrow Donor Day on September 19 by running bone marrow swab/recruitment drives in all 50 United States, achieving top honors in the Celebration Contest. Through the organization’s Campus Ambassador Program (CAP), student ambassadors from across the country, including Alaska and Hawaii, collected 4,000 cheek swab kits during the national bone marrow drive. These kits will be tested to find life-saving bone marrow matches for individuals awaiting transplants. Gift of Life Founder and CEO Jay Feinberg and CFO Gregg Francis accepted the award at the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) Fall Meeting on November 5, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn. “It was a great honor to receive the grand prize for the World Marrow Donor Day Celebration Contest,” said Feinberg. “Because of the dedication of our incredible student ambassadors and those who have joined the registry, we can provide hope to hundreds of patients in need.” In winning this award, Gift of Life will have the opportunity to present at the 11th International Donor Registry Conference and WMDA Working Group Meetings in Singapore, May 30- June 2, 2016. For more information on Gift of Life, visit www.giftoflife.org.