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The Life-Saving Movement

The Life-Saving Movement

In the two and half years of partnership between the RAC and Gift of Life, more than 7,500 people at 200 congregation-based drives have been swabbed. Congregational leaders have educated tens of thousands of Jews about the critical importance of bone marrow donation, especially within the Ashkenazi community. And, to date, our Reform community has produced 13 potentially life-saving matches! Without question, the number of matches and transplants will grow with each new search of the international bone marrow registry, thanks to our work together.

Because of the RAC’s and Gift of Life’s targeted recruitment strategy in Jewish communities across the U.S., Jews have greater than a 70% chance of finding a donor when faced with a blood cancer, whereas in the 1990’s, the rate was less than 5%.

While our formal partnership will conclude on October 31, 2015, and there will no longer be a dedicated staff member serving this partnership, Reform congregations are still encouraged to run swab drives during major holiday celebrations and community events. Together, we can continue to give the gift of life to cancer patients around the world!

For more information or to inquire about how to bring a drive to your congregation, please contact Gift of Life directly at info@giftoflife.org

Rachael Youra is the partnership coordinator for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C. She is originally from Baltimore, MD, and previously worked for a health care law firm.

Rachael Youra

Published: 10/30/2015