Nine-year-old Leukemia Survivor To Meet Lifesaving Donor At Nashville Soccer Club Match On September 3

Top Quote Gift of Life Marrow Registry and Nashville SC teaming up to raise awareness during Major League Soccer’s “Kick Childhood Cancer Month”. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 02, 2022 - A 23-year-old man who donated lifesaving bone marrow to a gravely ill, nine-year-old child will meet the recipient in person for the first time on Saturday, September 3, 2022. The donor-recipient pair, who due to medical anonymity laws are required to wait one year before meeting, will be introduced at halftime during the match between Nashville Soccer Club and Austin FC at GEODIS Park.

    Gift of Life is thrilled to partner with Nashville SC to share this incredible, lifechanging moment with soccer fans during Major League Soccer’s “Kick Childhood Cancer” month.

    During the match, attendees will be able to visit Gift of Life’s tables in the stadium, where Gift of Life Campus Ambassadors from Vanderbilt University will help explain how easy it is to save the life of a child or adult battling blood cancer. Anyone 18 to 35 and in general good health can join the registry with a simple cheek swab and a short questionnaire.

    Today, 90% of donations use blood stem cells, collected from the arm in a process similar to donating blood platelets. Only 10% of transplants use bone marrow, which is collected from the hip bone and is a short outpatient procedure, usually requested for pediatric patients like this recipient.

    “For 30 years Gift of Life has had one mission – to ensure that every patient has a donor available at the time they are needed,” said Gift of Life Founder and CEO Jay Feinberg, himself a transplant survivor. "Every person fighting to overcome blood cancer deserves a second chance at life. Our donors tell us that saving a cancer patient’s life is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences possible."

    “Moments like this is what the Nashville SC Community is all about,” said Brandon Hill, Nashville SC Head of Community Engagement. “We are so deeply honored to share this inspirational moment with our fans during our first Kick Childhood Cancer Night at GEODIS Park and believe this will encourage others to give the Gift of Life by signing up to become bone marrow donors.”

    About Gift of Life Marrow Registry
    Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. Established in 1991, Gift of Life Marrow Registry is dedicated to saving lives by facilitating blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants for patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell, inherited immune disorders, and other blood-related diseases. To learn more about Gift of Life Marrow Registry, visit

    About Nashville SC
    Nashville SC joined Major League Soccer on Feb. 29, 2020, in front of the largest attendance ever recorded for a soccer match in the State of Tennessee. In its inaugural MLS season, Nashville SC defeated expectations by becoming the second MLS expansion side to win and advance to the Conference Semifinals in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Nashville SC returned to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in its sophomore season after becoming just the seventh team in MLS history to go unbeaten at home in a season. Nashville SC inaugurated GEODIS Park, the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States and Canada, in front of a 30,109-sellout crowd on May 1, 2022. For more information, visit and follow the club at ( @ ) NashvilleSC on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.

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