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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Silver Lake school holds bone marrow drive for teacher

David Gonzalez

Micheltorena Street Elementary is seeking bone marrow doners to help first grade teacher David Gonzalez, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.  A Micheltorena school supporter provides more details:

Sadly, no one in his family is a match.  In order to help locate someone who is, Susanna Furfari, Micheltorena principal, has invited “City of Hope” to host a donor drive at the school.  We are asking that you consider becoming a hero and possibly saving the life of a man who has dedicated his life to the betterment of society through the education of its children. The test is a quick and simple cheek swab.  The procedure itself, should a match be found, will be noninvasive, but will require four hours of your time.

The tests are being conducted today between 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 7 in the main school building.



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  1. wish this was announced sooner …. as just heard about it now and can’t leave work

  2. thank you The EastsiderLA for postign this. I went to the school around 3:45 and 20 or so folks had already been screened. Acourding to the rep from The City of Hope, there will be more screenings until a donner is found for David.

  3. Many prayers to Mr. Gonzalez.

  4. God bless him, he was my first grade teacher…

  5. We also have an online drive set up at: join.marrow.org. When prompted for a promo code use “4DavidAndOthers”. You’ll fill out an online form and then receive a swab kit in the mail to return. Thanks to everyone that signed up last week! We signed up over 44 people!

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