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Giving the gift of life

Giving the gift of life. (WPEC)

Giving the gift of life one step or swipe at a time.

Next Sunday, January 14th, Gift of Life will host its annual Steps for Life 5K Run & Walk at South County Regional Park (Sunset Cove) in Boca. This is the only 5K in the South Florida area solely dedicated to raising awareness for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants. Gift of Life uses funds raised at Steps for Life to add new donors to the worldwide bone marrow registry, as the cost of registering one volunteer donor is $60.

Marti Freund, the director of community engagement explained the Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry was founded in 1991 by marrow transplant recipient and leukemia survivor, Jay Feinberg.

Gift of Life is dedicated to saving the lives of children and adults suffering from life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, by finding matching donors for marrow and blood stem cell transplants.

You can order a donor kit online, or by downloading our new smartphone app, SwabApp, which runs on both Apple and Android operating systems.

Also, during the month of February, Evelyn & Arthur stores will donate 100% of proceeds from the sales of their special edition orange pashminas to Gift of Life Marrow Registry.

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