East Hampton school hosts drive-thru bone marrow donor event

Longtime teacher Joanne Goerler had to retire from her job at the John Marshall Elementary School after a routine blood test showed she had a type of blood cancer.

News 12 Staff

Jun 2, 2021, 11:48 AM

Updated 1,056 days ago

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An East Hampton elementary school is holding a unique event this Saturday aimed at getting more people to sign up to become bone marrow donors.
Longtime teacher Joanne Goerler had to retire from her job at the John Marshall Elementary School after a routine blood test showed she had a type of blood cancer.
Goerler whose family owns Jamesport Vineyards, is now recovering after receiving a bone marrow donation. She waited months for doctors to find a match.
On Saturday afternoon, the school is hosting a drive-thru where people can sign up to become potential donors.
"People are welcome to come to John Marshall Elementary School. They stay in their car and they'll get a kit and they'll do a simple swab of their cheek," says Goerler. "They'll be entered into the bone marrow donor registry and hopefully someday they will be a match for someone in need of a transplant and ultimately save someone's life."
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