Sunday, May 19, 2024

“General Hospital” Star John J. York Looking for Bone Marrow Donor, Will Take 3-4 Months Off Show to Battle Blood Cancers


Actor John J. York has been playing Mac Scorpio on and off for 30 years on “General Hospital.”

Yesterday the longtime favorite star announced he’d be taking “three to four months” off the soap opera to fight blood cancers. He’s looking for a bone marrow donor as quickly as possible.

York turns 65 in December and looks like the image of good health. But his ailments are serious.

He says in the video below: “So last December of ’22, I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, and multiple smoldering myeloma — two blood and bone marrow disorders.” He added: “Over the past many months, I’ve had three bone marrow biopsies, many chemo treatments, I have another one coming up in a couple of weeks, and I’m closing in on a blood stem cell transplant.”

As for the donor part, it’s an emergency. “If it’s possible and you would consider being a donor, joining their registry, for not just me but thousands and thousands of other people who are in need of a donor, go to,” he said. (You must be between the ages of 18-40.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News