Through Gift of Life Marrow Registry, members of the LGBTQ+ community can engage in the lifesaving community service many have wished for with a simple cheek swab.
Everyone 18 to 35 years old and in general good health is welcome to visit Gift of Lifes website, order a swab kit, and join the registry. The process is simple and involves swabbing the inside of the mouth with a buccal (mouth) swab and completing a health history questionnaire. Gift of Life emphasizes that all donors complete the same health screening, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
Many Gift of Life donors from the LGBTQ+ community have donated stem cells and marrow to save the lives of those battling to survive leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell, and inherited immune disorders.
Donating bone marrow as a gay man felt empowering,” said Gift of Life donor Tony Joe Connell. When I first met my recipient, Brianne, face-to-face, it was incredible what a remarkable person she is. Our community has endured a lot, both good and bad, but something that has not changed is our unwavering power of kindness. Get out there, register, and help save a life.
Matches are based on tissue types called Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) inherited from biological parents and ancestors. But 70% of patients are not able to find a match within their family and must look for help to the worldwide registry. The more people and the greater diversity of people who join the registry, the more lives will be saved.
To join the Gift of Life registry or make a financial contribution during the Swab With Pride campaign, potential donors and contributors may visit giftoflife.org/pride.
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 www.giftoflife.org.