The Join For Joe initiative began in August 2010 when students at Loyola Blakefield hosted a bone marrow registry drive in the hopes of finding a match for their fellow classmate Joe Gorman, who was valiantly battling leukemia. An overwhelming 886 people were registered at the first Join for Joe Bone Marrow Drive.
Regrettably, Joe was not able to find a matching donor and passed away on March 10th, 2011, the day after his 15th birthday. Joe's peers honor his memory every year by running “Join for Joe Senior Swab Day.”
In the past eleven years, we have hosted 39 drives at 11 different schools across the Baltimore / D.C. area. This has resulted in over 2,700 potential life-savers being added to the bone marrow registry, which has led to 10 life-saving matches!
You can support our efforts with a one-time or monthly reoccurring contribution!
Or if you are a parent, teacher, or student at a private or public high school, and are interested in hosting a Join for Joe Senior Swab Day bone marrow registry drive, please contact us!