GYL’s Raphael Feigenbaum shares his story of becoming a stem cell donor

April 21, 2022

“Last August, I received a phone call from an unknown number. The unfamiliar voice on the other end of the line calmly introduced himself as a member of the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.  He explained that I had been identified as a possible donor match for a 23-year-old leukemia patient.

After further testing, it was confirmed that I was an identical tissue match. I was informed that the stem cells harvested from my blood would help the recipient of those cells reestablish her immune system and support her fight against cancer. To date, I have donated a round of stem cells and T cells, and I feel humbled to have been able to participate in such an incredibly powerful experience.”

Gift of Life is an organization that helps match cancer patients with possible donors who have similar tissue types through a registry in which volunteers submit a sample of tissue through an at-home cheek swab. To learn more, visit their website at