Gift of Life Marrow Registry Hosts 5k in New York City

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 25, 2017 - Gift of Life Marrow Registry will hold its annual Steps for Life 5k Run & Walk at Battery Park on Sunday, October 29, 2017. In addition to the race, the event will feature the initial meeting between a Long Island transplant recipient and her lifesaving marrow donor.

    People across New York City will participate in the 5k which is the only one in the area solely dedicated to raising awareness for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants. Proceeds from the event, which begins at 8:00 a.m., will go toward underwriting the $60 cost associated with processing each donor swab kit.

    “This is not an opportunity that everyone gets and I honestly just feel blessed to have been able to be in a position to help another in this way,” said the anonymous marrow donor. “I would do it again in a heartbeat and am waiting for the next call.”

    The event, which will be emceed by NY1’s Kristen Shaughnessy, includes a timed 5k and kids Superhero Sprint. Walk-up registration will be available on race day with an entry fee $35/adult and $20/student. Children 6 and under are free. If one is unable to attend, but wishes to contribute, visit:

    Gift of Life will also hold a donor recruitment drive for adult volunteers may join the registry with a simple swab of their cheek. Donors between the ages of 18 and 45 provide the greatest chance for transplant success.

    “Every three minutes, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer,” said Gift of Life CEO and Founder Jay Feinberg. “Only 30 percent of patients will have a matching donor in their family. At Gift of Life we are committed to saving the lives of others by increasing the number of bone marrow donors in the worldwide registry.”

    Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. 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. For more information, visit

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