BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In honor of World Cancer Day, the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a nonprofit public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry, is proud to announce that its partnership with the McKesson Foundation has resulted in 5,000 committed donors joining the international marrow registry.
Started in January 2016 with financial support from the McKesson Foundation, the McKesson Marrow Drive Campaign reached its goal of 5,000 donors through internal donor registration drives tied to 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 Marrow Drive was implemented with the close involvement and support of the company’s network of employee resource groups, reflecting the urgent need for marrow donors of diverse backgrounds.
To date, the McKesson Marrow Drive Initiative has led to six matches and a successful marrow transplant in March 2017. The McKesson Foundation is continuing its drive, recognizing the ongoing and acute need to grow the registry and enable more matches.
“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 life-saving match.”
For more information about Gift of Life and saving lives through bone marrow and blood stem cell donation, please visit www.giftoflife.org or call 561-982-2900.
About Gift of Life
Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. The nonprofit organization, established in 1991, facilitates transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic diseases. To learn more about Gift of Life Marrow Registry, visit giftoflife.org.