Over 360 College Student Interns Join Gift Of Life Marrow Registry’s Fall 2020 Campus Ambassador Program

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  • (1888PressRelease) August 26, 2020 - Boca Raton, FL – College students are not letting the pandemic ruin their academic year or stop them from serving their communities. For the Fall 2020 semester, Gift of Life Marrow Registry has accepted more than 360 interns from 131 colleges and universities into its Campus Ambassador Program. The program equips them with the skills and tools they will need to recruit new stem cell and bone marrow donors into the registry. This highly regarded initiative gives students the long-term satisfaction of seeing the donors they recruit saving lives for many years into the future.

    To kick-off the new class of donor recruiters, Gift of Life hosted its 7th Annual CAP Symposium through Degy Entertainment’s new virtual meeting and entertainment space, Degy World. Following a welcome message from Gift of Life CEO and Founder Jay Feinberg, the CAPs were immersed into the organization’s mission through panel discussions and meet and greets with the organization’s stem cell donors and recipients.

    Throughout the school year, the Campus Ambassadors will receive training on hosting recruitment drives and guidance on how to recruit multicultural donors to help diversify the registry so that more patients battling to survive blood cancer and diseases like sickle cell can have the hope of a cure.

    “Our Campus Ambassador Program give students an incredible opportunity to be socially responsible while gaining valuable internship experience that will help create a path to success during after college,” explained Gift of Life’s Director of Organizational Advancement Marti Freund. “We recognize the uncertainty that students are facing this school year and are encouraged that so many have joined us in the fight to help save lives.”

    The Campus Ambassador Program has become Gift of Life’s most successful method of recruiting new donors for the registry. To date, dedicated interns have registered 58,459 donors and found 1,045 matches between donor and patients that have resulted in 144 lifesaving transplants. Transplant centers request young donors between 18 and 35 for about 90% of transplants because the outcome is better for the patients. This means that Gift of Life must constantly find new young donors who will step up when called upon to help save someone’s life.

    To learn more about joining the Campus Ambassador Program’s Spring 2021 semester, students may contact Traci Ackerman, Recruitment Manager, tackerman ( @ ) giftoflife dot org dot Anyone between 18 and 35 years old may join the registry by simply requesting a cheek swab registration kit to be delivered to their home by visiting giftoflife dot org/register dot

    About Gift of Life Marrow Registry
    The Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. The organization, established in 1991, is dedicated to saving lives by facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. To learn more about Gift of Life or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.giftoflife.org.

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