"Can we do this again next weekend?" asked 11-year-old Sean Woolard after his family hosted a bone marrow drive in early December.

"Can we do this again next weekend?" asked 11-year-old Sean Woolard after his family hosted a bone marrow drive in early December.

Woolard and his mother, fourth-grade teacher Heidi Woolard, held a bone marrow drive at Northwood Elementary on Jan 10.

The cause is close to Woolard's heart. Her father, Dr. Joseph Franz, known to many as Doc Joe, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2004.

"My dad has battled lymphoma three times and the chemo damaged his chromosome that reproduces his red and white blood cells," she said. "He was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow in October 2011. In order to beat this cancer, Dad needed a bone marrow transplant."

Woolard said her son was very active in the planning process for the January drive.

"My son formed a committee at Northwood that consisted of approximately 12 teachers and staff. We had various venders donate items to our basket raffle or bake sale to raise money for the bone marrow organization," Woolard said. "Everyone at Northwood embraced the effort. Some staff prepared items for the bake sale, too. The Northwood fourth-grade show choir, Northside Swingers, performed."

Thanks to good news, Sean and his family did not have to go through with the drive in January to benefit Doc Joe, but decided to proceed anyway.

"We received the best Christmas gift on Dec. 19: My dad had found a donor," Heidi Woolard said. "January's bone marrow drive was already scheduled, but a lot of planning and work still had to take place. I asked Sean what he wanted to do and he said we still needed to hold it because we could find a match for someone else."

She counts the drive as a success.

"Forty-four new donors were registered and approximately $300 was raised for the cause," she said.

The money raised goes to an organization founded in Germany in 1991 called DKMS, which stands for Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gGmbH ("German bone marrow donor.")

According to information on its website, DKMS is the world's largest bone marrow donor center with more than 2.9 million potential donors registered.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55. If a match comes up, then a DKMS representative contacts the potential donor. During the actual procedure, donor cells are collected from the bloodstream or the back of the pelvic bone.

Doc Joe will be admitted to the hospital on Jan 24 and will receive his transplant on Jan 31. Woolard says while the family will want to see him, doctors want to keep him away from any possible germs or illnesses.

"In fact, he can have no face-to-face contact with his eight grandkids for quite awhile," she said. "Sean is already counting down the days to go to a movie with his Grandpa Joe this summer."

The January event was an encouragement to him and his family, Heidi Woolard said.

"It was great to see the number of guests that went and registered after the show choir's performance at the drive. They could be giving someone a great start in a new year," she said.