Alicia Keys and Rihanna Support 11-Year-Old Broadway Star With Cancer
Fri, 09 Jul 2010 10:53:10
Shannon Tavarez was performing as the young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway when her legs mysteriously started to hurt. Walking and dancing became difficult endeavors for the 11-year-old, who was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia in April. Pop stars Alicia Keys and Rihanna were touched by the young girl's plight, and have joined in the effort on getting the word out about Tavarez's need for a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Keys says she was touched when she visited Tavarez on July 2 in the Long Island hospital where she receives daily chemotherapy treatments. "For her, the sky is the limit, but now she's fighting for her life," Keys, who is expecting her first child, told People.
Rihanna also told the magazine that "[Tavarez] should be performing on Broadway, but is confined to her bed, fighting for her life. She needs to find a bone marrow donor to survive. I urge all my fans to register [as donors]. It's the most beautiful thing someone could do, to give the gift of life."
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