Leukemia survivor Jay Feinberg launches fundraising drive in memory of mother who found his donor match.
Jay Feinberg, founder of the Gift of Life bone marrow registry, is a leukemia survivor who founded the registry after he received a successful bone marrow transplant in 1995. Feinberg, 45, of Boca Raton, Fla., was the inaugural recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize in 2004.
Feinberg’s mother, Arlene, who died in January at the age of 81, had organized 250 bone marrow match drives that tested 60,000 potential donors before a match was found for her son. In her memory, the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation (giftoflife.org) will kick off a $4 million fundraising campaign with an online “virtual gala” June 22 at 7 p.m.
More women, rabbis head featured organizations this year.
The Jewish grantmaker Slingshot Fund released its eighth annual guide for funders on Monday, including a 14 percentage point increase in the number of organizations headed by women, the organization said in a press release.