Rap superstar 50 Cent has been encouraging fans to follow in his footsteps and register as bone marrow donors since he was moved by the plight of young Broadway star and leukaemia sufferer Shannon Tavarez.
The 11-year-old actress, who played the young Nala in hit musical The Lion King, was unfortunately diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia in April and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Huge stars like Alicia Keys and Rihanna have already issued a plea to their devotees to help find a suitable donor for Tavarez and now 50 Cent and his G-Unit bandmate Tony Yayo have thrown their support behind the cause.
The rappers recently registered with DKMS, the world's largest marrow donor centre, after hearing about little Tavarez. What made 50 Cent decide to donate bone marrow? He admits he was inspired to make a change after realizing how close in age Tavarez is to his own son, Marquise.
50 Cent says, "My son is just a couple years older than Shannon and I can't imagine if his life was needlessly cut short when there is someone out there that could save him."
Unfortunately, Shannon doesn't stand much of a chance, "Shannon's chances of finding a matching donor are slim because she's African American and Dominican and minorities that are underrepresented in the national registry. Everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity deserves a fair chance at life. Registering to become a bone marrow donor starts with a cheek swab but it's more than that. It's a commitment to save a life."
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