Gift of Life

LA Galaxy Foundation to be honored by Gift of Life marrow registry

LOS ANGELES (Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019) – The LA Galaxy Foundation will be honored for its incredible life-saving work supporting the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, at Gift of Life’s Celebrating Life at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, March 7, the club announced today.

Gift of Life will recognize the club’s community service arm with its Community Partner Award. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Gift of Life held several drives at L.A. Galaxy matches, in which guests did a simple cheek swab to join the registry and potentially save those battling a range of blood cancers. The L.A. Galaxy Foundation and Gift of Life also spearheaded two Kick Blood Cancer events in 2017 and 2018.

As part of the partnership, the L.A. Galaxy Foundation additionally created public service announcements promoting Gift of Life, while a Gift of Life marrow donor and his 11-year-old transplant recipient met for the very first time before a Galaxy match.

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“We are so deeply appreciative of our incredible partnership with the L.A. Galaxy Foundation,” said Gift of Life Founder and CEO Jay Feinberg. “The Galaxy did so much to spread the important message about Gift of Life, and more importantly brought in people to our family to help us save even more lives.”

During Celebrating Life, a Beverly Hills resident will also finally meet the North Carolina man whose life he saved via the Gift of Life Marrow Registry. The donor, 37, will meet the Jacksonville, N.C. man, 49, who battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and received two life-saving stem cell transplants, in 2014 and 2018 – both via the Beverly Hills donor. By law, the pair must remain anonymous for at least a year post-transplant. Details of their identities will be made public only when they meet.

The event will feature special guest DJ professor X of the mission radio. Chairpeople include Aaron Allen; Mike Azeff; Sara Baldoni; Alexis Boris and Jon Waterman; Kylee Campbell; Alicia Iorio and Danielle Moshi. The event’s Honorary Chairs are Michal and Jeremie Braun.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based Gift of Life is dedicated to saving lives and facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. Since its start in 1991, Gift of Life has grown the registry to more than 317,000 individuals who have volunteered to donate blood stem cells or bone marrow to save a life. In the process, Gift of Life has facilitated over 15,000 matches for those with a range of blood cancers, resulting in more than 3,300 transplants.