Chai Lifeline Holds Urgent Bone Marrow Drive This Weekend

PHOTO: In response to the desperate need of a bone marrow match for a man who is severely ill, Chai Lifeline Lakewood in conjunction with Gift of Life, is running an urgent Bone Marrow Drive this Motzei Shabbos, Sunday and Monday. 

With the cooperation of all Lakewood Chessed organizations, volunteers will be testing in several locations throughout the town. Anyone between the ages of 18-60 is a viable match. 

If you have not yet been tested, Chai Lifeline asks that you visit one of the following locations to see if you are the match that can save a life. To find out if you have already been tested, please call (561) 982-2900.  

Community-wide testing:

Motzai Shabbos, January 12th: J2 Pizza Shop- until 12am 

Sunday, January 13th:  Bais Rivka Rochel- 12:30-9:00pm, Chemed- 12:30-9:00pm 


Beis Medrash Govohah Testing on Sunday and Monday, January 13th &  14th:

The Beren Building- 8:30am- 5:30pm

Bais Aharon- 9:00am- 5:30pm

Kleinman Campus (Carey and Madison)- 9:00am- 5:30pm 

Chai Lifeline is in dire need of additional volunteers on Sunday and Monday between 830am-530pm. A male volunteer training will take place tonight at Yeshiva K’tana at 930pm.  Anyone who is available to volunteer should please attend. A female volunteer training for the Sunday locations will be held at the Chai Lifeline office (102 Clifton Ave) on Motzai Shabbos at 930pm. To volunteer, please call (732) 687-8128.

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  1. They should offer money and honor and I think that would be a further incentive for people. Saving a person is a good reason however anything should be done to tip the scale for someone to decide to go through with this. My opinion

  2. To #4 and #5, this is not a drive for a kidney or I liver. It is s bone marrow drive.

    Match procedure:
    (I’m not a doctor so please don’t take this as 100% accurate)

    When someone is a match – These days 90% of the time they don’t do the old fashioned bone marrow surgery.

    Instead, they draw blood from your arm and take out the platelits/stem cells from your blood.

    It is a painless outpatient procedure.

    The test itself – being done over the weekend at the above locations – is done with a simple cotton swab. NO BLOOD IS TAKEN.

    Hope this clarifies some of the misconception.

  3. If you have already been tested, you do not need to be tested again. The best thing to do is to call 561-982-2900 to verify that you are indeed in their database.

  4. “When someone is a match – These days 90% of the time they don’t do the old fashioned bone marrow surgery. ”

    Depending on the hospital doing the transplant they can very well harvest marrow from the donor’s bones. Don’t make it sound that they
    don’t do this any more. But even so, a match should still donate -it’s Pikuach Nefesh.

  5. @truth
    Gift of life use one specific hospital in the tri-state area for this procedure.
    90% of the time they take stem cells and not bone marrow.

  6. #3 thank you I was going to get tested but I see I have autoimmune disease that make me ineligible, I am glad that I did not waste their resources.

  7. If you would have been tested in the past and you would like to confirm that you in the database call (561) 373-4911 (posted # not open sunday).

  8. Gift of life doesn’t decide what type of donation it is (whether the cells are harvested thru IV or thru the bone)– this depends on the recipient and the way their doctor feels they will benefit most. There are certain times where they prefer to harvest thru the bone, though most of the time today it’s done via IV. My husband donated bone marrow last year. It was one of my proudest moments in life. Being able to have a zchus to directly save a life is incredible.

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